Useful Websites

At Red Box Teachers we understand how important it is for teachers and teaching assistants to have as much information and resources to hand. That is why we have compiled a list of useful websites and texts, including inspiration, hints and tips and tricks of the trade that you might find useful when teaching your class. Enjoy!


There cannot be enough praise for this website! You arrive at a school, there are no plans left but at least you know the topic o use this website for Power Points, Smart board files and activity word documents.

Above is the TES main page where you can search for resources where there are many great ideas for what to teach within all subjects for each of the different year groups.

A range of resources including articles, radio and video clips as well as activities for all of FS, KS1 and KS2. There are a diverse range of topics which are covered so this is well worth a look.

A primary school website which has a fantastic range of resources for subjects across the curriculum.

A list of ideas for the different year groups is included in this helpful guide.

Mathematical challenges for able pupils for each of the year groups 1o6.

A guide to the phonics programme ‘Jolly Phonics’ and a very good Jolly Phonics video which could be used in Reception or Year One.

Pie Corbett’s video of Mr. Zigger and Mr. Zagger

Support Information – Recommended Reading

The TES (Times Educational Supplement) has a good range of articles under the heading, ‘A Supply Teacher’s Survival Guide.’

Written by a former supply teacher, this article offers, ‘practical hints and tips’ for new supply teachers.

A good set of tips for new supply teachers.

Gillard, D. (2003) The Supply Teacher’s Lot

This is an amusing article about a day as a primary supply teacher. In the article, the author asks the children to ‘sit at their tables’ which, as you can imagine is not a clear enough instruction. Instructions need to be given very clearly by: defining the seats to sit in, a reminder of what to do when sitting down and if it is not done correctly it will need to be repeated.

Printed texts

• Rogers, Bill (2003) ‘Effective Supply Teaching’ Paul Chapman publishing, London

Full of very informative case studies of aspects of a supply teacher’s day. Although parts of the book focus on High School aged students the advice is still relevant and useful within a primary context.

Dougherty, Martin (1998) ‘The Art of Surviving in Supply Teaching’ The Cromwell Press, Towbridge

This guide begins with outlining the need for temporary staff as well as how to get started and look for work. A useful guide for anyone who wishes to become a supply teacher.

Vickers, Alison (1995) ‘Supply Teaching o Bright Ideas’ Scholastic, Warwickshire

A brilliant guide to the different year groups with ideas listed in topic format.

Selman, Mary Rose and Baird, Mary (1986) ‘Primary Teachers’ Handbook’ Oliver and Boyd, Edinburgh

This slightly older guide is very similar in content to the one written by Alison Vickers. It still holds some useful tips and information such as, “the secret of enjoying supply teaching must be in being organised, enthusiastic and confident in what you are doing.” Another good piece of advice it contained was, “the greatest assets of a supply teacher are adaptability, flexibility and a sense of humour.”

Cowley, Sue (2010) ‘Getting the Buggers to Behave’ Continuum International Publishing Group, London

‘’This book provides plenty of information on the basic of behaviour management, lots of tips for controlling your classes, and ideas for managing the physical aspects of the classroom environment. The ideas and advice given are based on common sense observations and strategies that have worked for me,” Sue Cowley.

The Times Educational Supplement (TES)

This is published once a week and contains up to date articles on a range of educational issues. Most schools have a copy delivered but you can also pick it up from any good news agents.

Photocopiable Resources

Checklist for arrival, photocopiable resource

– The class timetable

– What planning and resources have been left

– The behaviour policy

– The school layout (where the toilets, staffroom is etc)

– The fire policy

– Where the register is kept and how it is completed

– Where the children are collected from at the start of the day

– The TAs and LSAs in the class

– A list of pupils with SEN

– A list of pupils with EAL

– Any health needs in the class

– Who the school first aiders are and the Health policy

 Hopefully this’ll be helpful for those starting out at a new school! With excellent resources and the facilities available to be able to connect qualified supply teachers and teaching assistants to schools and colleges within their local area. Red Box Teachers also offer a variety of accommodation in and around London for those needing a place to stay for the duration of the teaching assignment.

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