Writing Extras

A well written extra should be directed to the replacement teacher, provide context, and detail enough activities to keep students busy for the required length of time. It should provide the replacement teacher with the necessary information, be clear and concise.

Taking Extras

Time is a precious resource for teachers. Although extras can impact upon your preparation and correction periods, they are a necessary component for the successful functioning of a school. Keep positive, most extras are not that difficult to take!

Viewing / Projecting Extras

Projecting extras is an efficient way of showing students what to do, without having to write on the classroom whiteboard. Class instructions often contain hyperlinks (e.g. YouTube Videos) that can be clicked on rather than having to type the web address manually into the address bar of the browser.

Casual Relief Teaching

Casual Relief Teacher's (CRT's) usually make a significant contribution to covering extras. School often cover up to 50% of the total number of extras using external teachers. Reliable and competent CRT's are a vital element in the functioning of a school, particularly in the winter when staff illness is generally at its peak.

Administering Extras

The Daily Organiser (sometimes referred to as other names eg. Daily Planner, Human Resource Coordinator, College Organiser, Extras Co-ordinator), is responsible for the organisation of teacher class covers and yard duties, either from foreseen absence such as Professional Learning, or unforeseen absences such as sickness.
 
It is a vital role for the smooth running of a school. While it can be a difficult job, it can also be very satisfying. It gives a very good insight into the depth (and complexity) of a school organisation, from a timetable, teaching staff and extra-curricular perspective. Being able to help teachers, your colleagues, is a positive thing.

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