Secondary School English Teacher

I’m training to become a secondary school English teacher. The three years I spent doing my degree highlighted to me that I wanted to focus on English. Secondary teaching means I get to use and show that passion in every lesson.

I’m excited to be a secondary school English teacher, who can inspire and motivate all pupils. My favourite teachers were those who made my lessons different and exciting, and I can’t wait to become that teacher!

Doing placements and volunteering in secondary schools was the best thing I ever did to confirm that teaching was for me. Forging relationships with staff and pupils showed me how rewarding teaching can be. It also meant that I had the opportunity to witness the life of a secondary school teacher and the demands of the job, giving me realistic expectations. If you’re at all unsure whether teaching is for you, take the time to go into schools – it’s an invaluable experience! I followed this simple guide to working with Key Stage Teacher Supply

Keep in touch: Communication is our most important tool. You need to know what’s going on and when, and so do we. The quicker you give us your availability, the quicker we can sort out your next assignment.

Dress the part: First impressions are important, so no jeans, leggings or shorts, and male teachers should wear a shirt and tie. And, of course, no mobiles in the classroom.

Getting there: Arrive by 8.30am unless otherwise notified. This gives you chance to find out about school routines and relevant policies and procedures.

Who are you? Always carry your Key Stage ID card for security purposes and please take a current Enhanced DBS Certificate, along with proof of identification (ie driving licence or passport) to show on your first day.

Time is money: Submit a timesheet (either online or paper) for each day.  Get it signed & approved by the school and delivered to us before 10am the following Monday.  Failure to submit on time may delay your payment.

Safety first: Remember that you’re responsible for the health and safety of the pupils — and yourself. Don’t do anything you’re not capable of or trained to do, and ask for instructions if using unfamiliar equipment.

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