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A Day In The Life Of A Cover Supervisor

Vetro Recruitment Cover Supervisor Training

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A Day In The Life Of A Cover Supervisor

  • Are you a teaching assistant looking to take the next step in your career?
  • Would you like to get closer to teaching your own class? 
  • Would you like to earn up to £2000 extra per year? 

If you answered yes to all of the above questions, we think you would make an excellent cover supervisor! To learn more about the opportunity to earn more, learn more and get closer to your dream job, read on. 

What does a Cover Supervisor do? 

As a cover supervisor in a secondary school, your main job is to manage a classroom in the absence of the usual class teacher and ensure pupils complete their work. You may also be required to manage the classroom if pupils are disruptive, discuss their work and help pupils understand the work if they have any questions.

Cover supervision varies from school to school but your general duties may include:

  • Supervising work that has been set and adheres to the school policy
  • Managing the behaviour of pupils whilst they are working and ensuring a constructive environment
  • Answering questions from pupils about the work they are completing or the subject you are covering
  • Dealing with any immediate problems or emergencies 
  • Collecting any completed work after the lesson and returning it to the teacher
  • Making notes of and reporting on the behaviour of pupils during the class, and any issues that may have arisen

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There are some things you won't be expected to do as a Cover Supervisor

Although there are lots of things you will be expected to do during a typical day in a school, there are also a few things that you aren't expected to do as part of your cover supervisor role. For example: 

  • You won't have to plan lessons
  • You won't be expected to have the subject knowledge of the usual teacher
  • You aren't expected to mark the work of the pupils you are working with
  • You won't be expected to set homework

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What qualifications do you need to become a Cover Supervisor? 

Cover supervisors are often highly qualified and may even have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Many schools specify an Honours degree as a minimum requirement and like their cover supervisors to have experience of working with young people. However, having experience of lecturing, a PGCE or at least 6 months of TA experience are all acceptable and will open up the doors to a role in cover supervision.

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What skills do Cover Supervisors need? 

As the responsibilities of a cover supervisor are varied across all aspects of the role, a wide variety of skills are also required. Alongside the ability to manage groups of children with potentially difficult behaviours, maintain relationships with parents, other staff and carers and have the ability to work as part of a team, the following are also desirable:

  • Highly adaptable as there is no regular timetable
  • Have a thick skin
  • Behaviour management skills
  • Be diplomatic, organised and confident
  • Patient, flexible and creative
  • Good sense of humour

Can I undertake training to become a Cover Supervisor?

Although there are no formal qualifications you can undertake to become a cover supervisor, Vetro offers an Introduction to Cover Supervision course for anyone who wants to increase their classroom experience, learn more about this incredible opportunity, or register their interest to work as a CS. If this is of interest to you, please head to the bottom of this blog to register your interest in undertaking our hugely popular Introduction to Cover Supervision course.

Can I be a Cover Supervisor?

Our recruiters have said that lots of the education professionals we work with are not always aware that they are eligible to work as a Cover Supervisor. As long as you have the desired level of education, the motivation to do well and the ability to manage a class, you could be missing out on an amazing opportunity: 

  • Cover supervisors - If you're already a CS or haven't worked as a CS in a while, you could be missing out on some great opportunities.
  • HLTAs - Higher Level Teaching Assistants are able to provide cover supervision to classes, so why not add another string to your bow and look into cover supervisor roles?
  • Teaching Assistants - provided that you have the necessary level of education, TAs can also act as cover supervisors.
  • Teachers - Retired, part-time or those who pick up ad-hoc work can also be put forward as cover supervisors

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Vetro is currently looking for amazing Cover supervisors to work in some exciting Secondary Schools in and around Caerphilly. The roles are available on a Full time, part-time and on an ad hoc basis.

The requirements include covering classes with pupils between the ages of 11-15 years of age. This is a great opportunity for anyone currently working in the education system who wants to advance their knowledge.

If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please get in contact today.

If you are interested in undertaking one of our excellent cover supervisor training courses, please register your interest below

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