A Day in the Life of a Cover Supervisor

What exactly does a cover supervisor do? Could it be a good career choice for you?

Becoming a cover supervisor is one of the most logical steps if you are currently a teaching assistant looking to further your career. But it’s also great for retired teachers who are looking for ad-hoc work too.

Whatever your background, cover supervisors play a pivotal role in covering periods of short-term absence of full-time teaching staff in schools.

Our expert team share their insight into a day in the life of a cover supervisor, what skills you need and if it could be the perfect next step for you.

What’s involved in the day to day of a cover supervisor?

Whilst the exact nature of work varies depending on whether you are working for a primary, secondary, or special school, there are some things that you can expect from any environment.

As a cover supervisor, you will be expected to manage a classroom effectively. You are there to ensure that pupils complete the work that has been previously set for them. This also includes making sure that pupils maintain good standards of behaviour.

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Each day is as rewarding as it is different. You may not be a subject expert, but you will still be required to discuss pupils work and help them understand how to complete tasks set for them. It’s such a great experience to get you one step closer to becoming a teacher. The experience you gain as a cover supervisor will be a great benefit as you progress within your career.

But don’t worry about being thrown in at the deep end. You won’t be expected to plan lessons, or mark homework just yet.

What experience and skills do you need?

Whilst many cover supervisors are often highly qualified and may even have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), it’s not an essential requirement. If you have a PGCE or 6 months+ of TA experience, the door to being a cover supervisor is open to you.

You should, of course, enjoy working with young people!

Here’s what else you will need –

  • Excellent communication skills to help pupils achieve their best work
  • Ability to manage groups of children with potentially difficult behaviours
  • Skills to maintain relationships with parents, other staff, and carers
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Highly flexible in your approach to work due to short notice

Could you be a cover supervisor for Educate Group?

Do you have the motivation to do well? Do you think that every child should have the best possible education? And do you have the ability to manage a class? If the answer is yes, then we would love to hear from you. The opportunities available for cover supervisors are fantastic. Whether it’s ad-hoc or more long-term, our team can help find the perfect job for you.

We would love to hear from –

  • Cover supervisors – If you’re already or have previously worked as a CS
  • HLTAs – Why not add another string to your bow and look into cover supervisor roles?
  • Teaching Assistants – take the next step in your teaching career
  • Teachers – Retired, part-time or just looking for ad-hoc work

Take a look at our latest jobs today to see the superb opportunities available for cover supervisors, teaching assistants, teachers and more!