Cover Supervisor

Think Teachers
12 Jan 2018
10 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Think Teachers are now recruiting Cover Supervisor to join our existing team of supply staff to service schools in Enfield. The position of a Cover Supervisor is not one which should be taken lightly and those working on supply play an extremely valuable role in the schools in which they work. A Cover Supervisor is only used for short-term or daily absences of a teacher. These might be known in advance (for example, where a teacher has a medical appointment or is undergoing professional development) or unexpected (for example, absence due to illness). A Cover Supervisor is required to supervise the completion of set work, supervise classroom activities, maintain discipline and implement behaviour management controls in accordance with school policy, collect completed work at the end of each lesson, produce reports on performance, behaviour and attainment, and monitor student progress. This obviously involves a high level of responsibility and autonomy. Cover Supervisors on long term assignments may also be asked to attend parent’s evenings and staff meetings. A Cover Supervisor is expected to set a positive example and should always remember to be punctual courteous, friendly and professional at all times. Not only do Cover Supervisors represent themselves, but they also represent Think Teachers, and by maintaining a high standard of performance and professionalism they can help instil further confidence within the school in the abilities of both, thus increasing the likelihood of obtaining more work! A “good” Cover Supervisor should have excellent behaviour and classroom management skills, be creative, flexible and approachable, be organised and able to follow direction, be resourceful and able to think on their feet and be punctual when arriving at school and for individual lessons. Cover supervisor duties The Cover Supervisor’s main job is to manage a classroom, ensuring that students remain on task with the work they have been set. Curiously, Cover Supervisor are often defined by what they don’t do and this is in response to teachers defending their QTS roles. So officially, Cover Supervisor: Don’t plan Don’t have the subject knowledge Don’t mark work Don’t set homework Don’t differentiate Don’t set targets However, many Cover Supervisors report undertaking the following duties: Teaching grammar Managing behaviour Discussing and debating texts with pupils and answering questions Differentiating and allocating extension exercises Qualifications needed to become a Cover Supervisor Cover supervisors are often highly qualified and may even have QTS. Many schools specify an honours degree as a minimum educational requirement and like their CSs to have experience of working with young people. Think Teachers trains inexperienced Cover Supervisors in conjunction with one of our partnership schools. Skills and knowledge The following are desirable: Highly adaptable as there is no a regular timetable Have a thick skin Behaviour management skills If you would like to work in schools with children then the position of a Cover Supervisor may suit you. Think Teachers provides training for new staff that is designed for success