March 29, 2023

Top Tips for Relief Teaching

You would be surprised how many times we are asked ………….. so we thought we would share our top tips for a day’s relief teaching with you.


As a relief teacher, there is very little time for planning on the day, and a phone call early in the morning can mean you’re in class at the last minute, in an unfamiliar school with a group of students you have never met before. 

If you do have the opportunity to arrive early, familiarise yourself with the school environment and make yourself known to school administration. 

Always dress professionally and make sure you have a hat for outdoor activities (a whistle is sometimes handy too!)

If a lesson plan has been left by the classroom teacher – use it!

Always have a Plan B!  It’s a great idea to have an activity pack prepared in advance for a variety of age groups  – just in case!


Before students enter the classroom, write your name on the board.

Identify if there are any class rules posted.

Read through the class teacher’s lesson plan or check for a timetable.

If you find that you have a period of DOTT time during the day, this is a good opportunity to make sure all work is marked, or offer your help elsewhere in the school.  A good impression generally means that you will be requested for future work.

Leave a brief report for the classroom teacher at the end of the day, and sign out with school administration.

Build up a collection of emergency resources.  Preparation is the key to a successful day.