Cover supervisors were introduced as a way of maintaining teachers' non contact periods. They have now 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.
Working as a cover supervisor can be extremely rewarding but it is also demanding. The cover supervisor's main job is to manage a classroom, ensuring that students remain on task with the work they have been set by an absent teacher.
Role and Responsibilities
As a cover supervisor your role and responsibilities will include :
covering lessons in the absence of the timetabled teacher
supervising the delivery of the cover work by effectively communicating the work set to students
ensuring that the required resources needed in order to effectively deliver the covered lessons are available
managing the behaviour of pupils whilst they are undertaking set work to ensure a positive learning environment
responding to any questions from pupils about process and procedures
dealing with any immediate problems or emergencies in accordance with school policy and procedures
collecting completed work after lesson and returning it to the appropriate teacher
reporting back as appropriate, using the school's standard procedures on the behaviour of pupils during the class, and any issues arising.
What's on offer :
Local work and regular schools
Working with a diverse number of students
No planning or marking
Be the head of the class, great if you are thinking about becoming a teacher
Flexibility, work when YOU want to work!
How would it be to work as a Cover Supervisor :
Cover supervisors on the teaching forums say Every day is different. I also work with behaviour when I'm not covering so it's always a busy, diverse day for me.
A CS is respected in my school and teachers need those people that can step in when they are away.