James PE TeacherA Day in the Life of James

I usually get in at half seven, so that I can talk to my mentor about planning and marking on the previous day and plan the day's lesson.

I teach PE from Year 9 up until Sixth-Form. The lessons before break are theory-based such as athlete lifestyle, injuries, biology. After break and lunch the lessons are more practical.
As a NQT I get excellent support from the school and the department. Every week I have a mentor meeting for an hour, and discuss how the week's gone, what has gone well and what hasn't. 

There are also weekly NQT meetings for the school's newly qualified teachers. Five of us meet and share ideas which often focus on behavioural management.

I originally found Smile from a previous school who recommended it to find work. I met with consultant Emma on Monday and had a job by the end of the week!

As an NQT, I recommend not to be afraid to ask questions from your school. Try to get as many ideas as you can. You will find what works and adapt them to suit your classroom.

I liked working with Smile. I found that there was always loads of work and a good source of income as well. They gave me the opportunity to try different schools. The more schools you can get to try the better for you - for experiences. It's a great way to start your career, because you get experience under your belt and find out the age group you really want to work at.

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I've worked for 'Smile' for nearly a year now and am more than satisfied with them. They listen carefully to my needs and cater for me excellently. As someone who uses public transport, they always strive to find me local schools (who I regularly return to).


I regularly recommend Smile to anyone that would be suitable for supply work and give examples of how effective Smile has been in my own career progression; including the commitment from staff and lovely relationships built.


I don't think I would enjoy my job so much if it wasn't for Emma and smile’s agency.  From day one she has made me feel welcome and Emma is very polite and easy to get on with. I feel I can phone Emma with any problems I have and I am always guaranteed a reply the same day.


Smile as a company have been great at being helpful and communicating regularly.  Emma was honest and friendly and really gave me a personal service catered to my personal needs – texting me details as it is easier to reply and read while at work or on the go. 


You found me a school that is 3 miles from where I live, and which suited me perfectly. The children, staff and parents are fantastic. I felt valued and part of the team at Langley Primary School, Oldbury. All the consultants I have dealt with have been friendly and listen to what my school requirements are.


Thank you for having me, it was a pleasure to work for you. Smile has made it possible for me to further my career and gain valuable experience in a variety of schools. Katy is amazing, friendly, helpful and excellent at her job


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