Brrrrrr… What a chilly morning it was this morning. The talk in the Key Stage Teacher Supply Lancaster office this morning (as we all huddled round steaming cups of tea) was of our shock when we got out the door and realised that our cars were frosted up!! The thoughts running through my mind were, “I’d better get a shift” on” “Where’s the De-Icer” and more importantly “Where are my Gloves!”.
Fighting the Winter Weather…
Naturally our thoughts turned to our teachers and teaching assistants getting to primary and secondary schools across the region, fighting their way through country lanes and city centres to ensure that school children are still getting the best education that we can provide. At Key Stage Teacher Supply we appreciate the efforts that all our teachers and teaching assistants go to to uphold the reputation and standards of our agency and we thought it was a good time to be giving some useful wintery morning advice to you all.
Teachers – Be Prepared in Winter!
The best advice we can give you, whether you are going to primary or secondary school or even a nursery or childrens centre is BE PREPARED. Plan your routes in advance so you know where you are going and give yourself a little extra time in a morning. Driving conditions over the winter months can be treacherous, so set off early so you can ensure that you can drive safely and arrive with plenty of time to spare to allow for delays and poor conditions.
Always be aware of your plans for the next day. Whether you are pre booked into a school or are awaiting an early morning call, ensure you have everything you might need. We appreciate that are teachers have lessons and resources available but in the coming months be thinking about what else you might need. What will you do if your car is frozen and you get a last minute call? How much longer will it take to get out and read? Have you considered a handy can of de-icer or a scraper? Plan your outfit accordingly, have hat, gloves and scarf to hand ready (I know I am always losing my gloves, they are worse than socks for going missing).
Keep in Touch
The final thing to think about is keeping in touch. If you are having problems, running late due to increased traffic or poor conditions or even if you think it might take you a little longer to get in than usual let your Key Stage Teacher Supply contact know and we will do everything we can to sort things.
The run up to Christmas can be a busy time, with sickness and bugs on the increase and transport issues, schools both secondary and primary will have increased needs for long term and more importantly last minute cover. So be prepared, and don’t miss out.
Whether you are registered with Key Stage Teacher Supply in Blackburn, Chorley, Lancaster or Warrington keep us up to date with your availability, stay warm and most importantly stay safe.