Teaching & Cover Supervisor Duties

Teaching & Cover Supervisor Duties

Supply teaching duties and guidelines:

  • Take the morning and afternoon register
  • Follow the lesson plan
  • Make sure all work is completed
  • Have a box of resources prepared in case planning is not set.
  • Make the lesson your, actually teach them…a bored pupil is a naughty pupil!
  • Follow behaviour management strategies
  • Ask about preferred marking strategies and complete marking for the class (this mainly applies for Primary Schools)
  • Do not mark work at your desk during a lesson, you should be teaching.
  • Leave a hand over for every lesson
  • Leave the classroom tidy
  • Don’t leave the school before 3.45, this is when you should be helping pupils out of the school gates, reporting any issues to SLT or saying your goodbyes.
  • It is worth taking PE kit, specifically if you are a primary teacher or a cover supervisor in case you are required to work with the pupils outside.
  • Familiarise yourself with school policies
  • Provide support for break and lunch time. Check if you are expected to bring them in and out of the playground.
  • Keep on eye on kids in the playground and if necessary bring them off.
  • Make sure the pupils have left safely
  • If there is something you think the schools should know, speak to someone about it.
  • Allow time to say goodbye to the head or another member of staff
  • For those in a long term role you will have to also plan lessons, mark work, attend parents evening, open days and departmental meetings and get involved in extra curricular activities.

Duties for Cover Supervisors:

  • Use set lesson plans to support and over-see pupils whilst recognising and responding to their individual needs
  • Establish productive working relationships with pupils, acting as a role model and setting high expectations
  • Promote the inclusion and acceptance of all pupils within the classroom
  • Encourage pupils to interact and work co-operatively with others and engage all pupils in activities
  • Promote independence and employ strategies to recognise and reward achievement of self-reliance
  • Provide feedback to pupils in relation to progress and achievement

Extra guidelines for all staff

Mobile Phones:

  • Under no circumstances should you use a mobile phone in a lesson, it must be turned off.

Social Networking

You must not communicate with any pupil outside of school, this includes on Facebook, Twitter or any other social networking website.

Dress Code:

  • Male candidates should wear shirt/tie/jacket/smart trousers/smart shoes
    Females should wear smart top/blouse/skirt or trousers/jacket/smart shoes.
  • Follow the general rule – would I tell a pupil off if they were wearing what I am?
  • Ensure there are no tatoos on show or additional piercings.

Smoking, Alcohol and Drug Abuse:

  • Candidates must present themselves in a fit state to carry out their duties
  • Candidates must abide by the smoking policy at the school
  • Any teacher consuming or being under the influence of alcohol or taking drugs (other than medical) on school premises will have committed gross misconduct and will no longer be suitable to work for Aspire People.

Time Keeping:

  • Candidates must arrive within good time to park and find reception.
  • Lateness is not tolerated and can cause a lot of problems with cover.
  • If you think you may be late or you can’t find the school you must let your consultant know straight away, so they can inform the school.
  • If you are late ensure that you apologise to the school and explain it wont happen again in any circumstance.

To go that extra-mile and make the most of your day

  • Socialise in the staff room, you may just meet the head of department and get offered something long term!
  • If you have a free period perhaps ask if you can help out with another class or do some admin work?!
  • Thank the cover co-ordinator for your day and let them know you would love to come back!