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Cover Supervisor

Cover Supervisors have become a permanent role in the majority of secondary schools, covering an absent teacher for reasons that include sickness, timetabled non-contact time and time off for courses.

A Cover Supervisor's main job is to manage a classroom, ensuring that students remain on task with the work they have been set by the absent teacher. You are not required to 'teach' however, sometimes, schools will request individuals who may have specialist subject area experience. 

The role also offers a fantastic opportunity for individuals looking to gain classroom experience before completing a PGCE.

Role and Responsibilities:

  • Covering lessons in the absence of the class teacher
  • Ensuring behavioural management whilst the pupils are undertaking set work
  • Dealing with any immediate problems or emergencies in accordance with school policies and procedures
  • Using the school's standard procedures on the behaviour of pupils during the class, and reporting any issues that may have developed
  • Supervising the delivery of the cover work by effectively communicating tasks set to students and helping them if any assistance is needed
  • Collecting completed work after lesson and returning it to the appropriate teacher

One of the following qualifications desired but not essential:

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Post Graduate Degree/Certificate in Education

As a Cover Supervisor you will need:

  • To be highly adaptable as there may not be a regular timetable
  • To be confident, organised and at times, diplomatic
  • To be patient, flexible and creative with a good sense of humour
  • You will need to demonstrate that you have:
  • Experience of working with secondary aged children
  • The ability to build good relationships with others
  • Good reading, writing and numeracy skills
  • The ability to manage groups of children and cope with challenging behaviour
  • Good IT skills
  • The ability to work both as part of a team and individually
I just wanted to write this letter to say thank you for giving me the confidence and opportunity to go back into teaching. Having not activley taught for four years after taking maternity leave I wasn't sure if I would be confident enough to go back especially with the introdution of the new primary frameworks and interactive whiteboards. However,the schools you placed me with were really supportive and the encouragement you gave soon got my confidence back and after the first few assignments I felt like I had never been away. I have enjoyed all of my assignments.I really appreciated the time you took to listen about the age range I wanted to work with,that I only wanted to start by doing two days a week and that I did not want to travel too far from home. I would most definitely recommend working for Link Education not only because as employers I thought you were very professional and friendly,but also for schools looking to employ agency staff I think you would do the utmost to ensure you had the most suitable person available.

Link Education Teacher, Essex
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