The Superheroes of the Classroom: Why Supply Teachers and TAs Are Essential for Primary Schools

Imagine a primary school facing a sudden staff shortage. A key teacher falls ill, a specialist role needs temporary cover, or an unexpected influx of students requires additional support. What’s the solution? Enter the supply teachers and teaching assistants (TAs) – the unsung heroes who swoop in, cape flowing (well, maybe not literally), to ensure the smooth running of the school and continued learning for every child.

Here at Initial Education Recruitment, we see first-hand the immense value supply staff bring to primary schools. They’re not just a stopgap measure; they’re strategic assets that keep classrooms thriving. Let’s explore some key benefits:

Continuity and Seamless Transitions

When a regular teacher is absent, supply teachers step in seamlessly, maintaining established routines and lesson plans. This minimizes disruption for students, especially in crucial Key Stage 1 and 2 years, where consistent learning is paramount.

Specialist Skills and Fresh Perspectives

Supply teachers often possess diverse expertise across subjects or age groups. They bring fresh ideas and approaches, enriching the learning environment and sparking student curiosity. Imagine a supply teacher with a passion for STEM igniting a love of science in a Year 4 class!

Flexibility and Adaptability

The beauty of supply staff lies in their flexibility. They can cover short-term absences, cater to fluctuating student numbers, or provide targeted support for specific needs. This adaptability is invaluable, especially in today’s dynamic school environment.

Support for Teachers and TAs

Supply TAs offer invaluable support to classroom teachers, assisting with individual students, group work, or specific learning needs. This frees up teachers to focus on lesson delivery and curriculum planning, creating a more efficient and effective learning environment.

Reduced Teacher Workload

Let’s not forget the well-being of our dedicated teachers. Supply staff help alleviate workload by taking on administrative tasks, marking, or covering playground duties. This allows teachers to recharge and focus on what they do best – inspiring young minds.

At Initial Education, we work tirelessly to connect exceptional supply teachers and TAs with primary schools across Gloucestershire, Herefordshire & Worcestershire. We understand the unique challenges faced by schools and strive to provide highly qualified, experienced, and passionate individuals who can make a real difference.

If you’re a primary school seeking reliable and skilled supply staff, or a passionate educator looking for rewarding supply opportunities, contact Initial Education today. We’ll be your partner in creating a thriving learning environment for every child.

Remember, supply teachers and TAs are more than just temporary support; they’re essential members of the educational ecosystem, ensuring a bright future for our children.

If you’re looking for a new challenge in a new school, we would love to hear from you!

Complete our online form and a member of the team will be in touch! Click here for the online form or give us a call on 01452 740001.

A Guide to Positive Relationships with SEN Parents

At Initial Education Recruitment, we know that strong partnerships between teachers and parents are crucial for every child’s success. This is especially true for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN). Navigating their unique learning journeys requires a team effort, built on a foundation of trust, open communication, and collaborative problem-solving.

That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help teachers build positive relationships with SEN parents:

Active Listening, Not Empty Promises

Listen with empathy: Acknowledge their concerns and anxieties without judgment. Put yourself in their shoes – navigating the SEN landscape can be overwhelming.

Focus on understanding: Ask open-ended questions to delve deeper into their child’s strengths, challenges, and home environment. This helps tailor learning strategies for consistent support across both settings.

Avoid jargon: Stick to clear, concise language, explaining any technical terms you use. Remember, you’re a team, not a translator.

Communication – A Two-Way Street

Regular updates: Don’t wait for formal meetings. Share progress reports, anecdotes, and observations through emails, phone calls, or even online platforms.

Be proactive: Reach out not just for negative news. Highlight positive achievements, no matter how small. Celebrating successes together strengthens the bond.

Embrace feedback: Encourage parents to share their input on strategies, resources, and even classroom adjustments. Collaboration thrives on shared expertise.

Transparency and Trust

Be honest and open: Address concerns head-on, even if the news is challenging. Transparency fosters trust and allows for joint problem-solving.

Share clear goals: Explain how you’re working towards these goals in the classroom and how they connect to home activities. Consistency is key.

Acknowledge limitations: No one has all the answers. Be open to seeking additional support or resources together, demonstrating a willingness to learn and grow alongside the parents.

Building on Strengths

Focus on the child’s potential, not just the disability: Highlight their unique talents, interests, and learning styles. Celebrating strengths empowers both the child and their parents.

Work together to identify their interests: Collaborate with parents to find engaging activities and learning methods that resonate with the child’s passions. This makes learning more meaningful and enjoyable.

Remember, they are the experts: Parents have intimate knowledge of their child’s needs and preferences. Value their insights and leverage their expertise to create a truly personalised learning experience.

By actively building positive relationships with SEN parents, teachers and teaching assistants can create a supportive and collaborative environment where children with special needs can thrive. Remember, open communication, empathy, and a shared commitment to the child’s success are the cornerstones of building bridges, not walls, in the SEN classroom. At Initial Education Recruitment, we’re passionate about connecting exceptional teachers and teaching assistants with schools that value collaboration and celebrate diversity. If you’re an educator dedicated to supporting SEN students, we’d love to hear from you!

If you’re looking for a new challenge in a new school, we would love to hear from you!

Complete our online form and a member of the team will be in touch! Click here for the online form or give us a call on 01452 740001.

Tips for teachers who feel like they are failing at school

Feeling like you’re failing as a teacher can be incredibly disheartening, but it’s important to remember that teaching is a challenging profession, and everyone faces setbacks at times.

As specialists in education recruitment, Initial Education Recruitment have met many teachers, teaching assistants and SEN educators of the years. As a result, we have gained a good understanding of what can help you navigate those challenging moments and work towards improvement:

Reflect on your teaching methods

Take some time to reflect on your teaching strategies. Are there certain methods or approaches that seem less effective? Consider experimenting with new techniques to see what works best for your students.

See Feedback

Ask for feedback from colleagues, administrators, and even students. Constructive feedback can provide valuable insights into areas for improvement and help you identify your strengths.

Set realistic goals

Set achievable and realistic goals for yourself. Break down larger objectives into smaller, more manageable tasks. Celebrate small successes along the way to boost your confidence.

Focus on relationships

Building positive relationships with your students is crucial. Make an effort to connect with them on a personal level, understand their individual needs, and create a supportive learning environment.

Adapt to student needs

Students have diverse learning styles and needs. Be flexible and willing to adapt your teaching methods to better meet the needs of your students. Differentiate instruction when possible.

Use technology wisely

Explore how technology can enhance your teaching. There are numerous resources and tools available that can engage students and make learning more interactive and enjoyable.

Collaborate with colleagues

Share your challenges with colleagues and seek advice. Collaborative problem-solving can offer fresh perspectives and solutions that you might not have considered on your own.

Take care of yourself

Teaching can be emotionally and physically demanding. Make sure you’re taking care of your own well-being. Get enough rest, engage in activities you enjoy, and seek support from friends, family, or a professional if needed. We wrote a blog in the summer about making sure you take time to relax – that may provide some ideas for you.

Mental health and well-being is something Initial Education are really passionate about. You can read more about this in our blog –

Continuous professional development

Stay committed to your own professional growth. Attend workshops, conferences, or training sessions to stay updated on new teaching methods and resources.

Celebrate progress, not perfection

Recognise that teaching is a journey, and improvement takes time. Celebrate the progress you and your students make, even if it’s incremental. Focus on the positive aspects of your teaching.

Connect with a mentor

If possible, seek out a mentor teacher who can provide guidance and support. They may share their own experiences and offer valuable advice based on their own teaching journey.

Remember that every teacher faces challenges, and it’s okay to ask for help. Persevere, stay open to learning, and know that you have the opportunity to make a positive impact on your students’ lives.

If you’re looking for a new challenge in a new school, we would love to hear from you!

Complete our online form and a member of the team will be in touch! Click here for the online form or give us a call on 01452 740001.

Interview tips for a teaching role

We are often asked for interview tips when applying for a teaching role. So, to help you prepare for your Teacher interview, we have put together six tips that will give you a good base.

Interviews are an essential part of the job application process, and for teaching role, they can be particularly daunting. However, if you have made it to the interview stage, it means that the school is already interested in what you have to offer. The purpose of an interview is not just to test your technical knowledge, but also to assess whether you will fit in with the school’s ethos and work towards its goals.

Research the School

Before your interview, take some time to research the school. Find out what makes it different and why you want to work there. Look at the school’s website and local news articles to see if they have won any awards or started any new initiatives. This will show the interviewer that you are genuinely interested in working at their school.

Think of questions to ask in the interview

Prepare a list of questions to ask during the interview. This could include questions about the school’s culture, goals, and how you can contribute to them. Writing down your questions beforehand will show that you are prepared and interested in the role.

Prepare your pitch

Think about what makes you stand out as a teacher. Consider your teaching philosophy and style. Prepare examples of how you have made a positive impact in previous roles. This will help you sell yourself to the interviewer.

Look like a teacher

Dress smartly for your interview, but make sure you are comfortable. This will help you feel more confident and relaxed during the interview.

Be confident

Try to be confident during your interview, even if you don’t feel like it. The interviewer wants to see that as a teacher, you can command a classroom and engage with students effectively.


While it’s important to show that you can take charge of a classroom, it’s also essential to show that you can put your pupils at ease and work well with your colleagues. Try to be relaxed and friendly during your interview.

We hope our interview tips for a teaching role have helped! If you’re looking for a new teaching role in a new school, we would love to hear from you!

Complete our online form and a member of the team will be in touch!

Click here for the online form or give us a call on 07827 323208.