Job Description: Cover Supervisor

Title of postCover Supervisor
Grade (including allowances)H4 + fringe allowance
Reporting toLead Practitioner
Date June 2023
Time/Hours8.30am to 3.30pm, term time only, plus 5 INSET days
General OverviewThe Cover Supervisor plays an important role, maintaining continuity of education for students in the absence of their regular teacher, ensuring that the work set is understood and completed, promoting high standards of conduct and learning. 

– To supervise any class (including registration) when the teacher is unavailable, using material planned by a teacher to engage students in learning; 

– To cover lessons in a wide variety of different subjects, including PE, ensuring that students undertake effective learning in the absence of their regular teacher; (in extreme circumstances, may need to step into a classroom immediately)

– To support the Cover Team in the effective management of cover.

Personal and professional standards

  • The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Post holders are subject to an enhanced DBS check.
  • Support the aims and ethos of the school as defined in the school prospectus
  • To set a good example in terms of professional dress and appearance, punctuality and attendance
  • Take responsibility for personal development making full use of the school’s professional development opportunities and training
  • To attend team and staff meetings as appropriate, contributing actively whenever possible
  • To provide a courteous, prompt and polite service to all members of the school’s community including governors, parents, students, all staff, contractors and suppliers and other visitors
  • To actively contribute to the school’s mission statement by forming positive relationships within the school community and working collaboratively and in good humour with other colleagues as appropriate or when directed
  • Be aware and comply with all relevant policies and procedures within the school, particularly those relating to child protection, equality, health and safety and confidentiality.
  • It is the duty of all colleagues to report breaches of school policies or procedures to the Head teacher

Duties specific to the post holder

  • To explain the work set by the teacher that is being covered
  • To ensure students are actively engaged and learning in all cover lessons
  • To assist students in carrying out the work set
  • To carry out any administration relating to the lesson, including photocopying of resources, picking up resources from other areas (e.g PE office, Science Technicians)
  • To implement the school’s behaviour policy in all lessons whilst ensuring a positive and constructive learning environment
  • To record and report, achievements or inappropriate behaviour of students during lessons and report on any other issues that may have arisen
  • To deal with any immediate problems or emergencies according to the school’s policies and procedures
  • To undertake training in classroom management and  behaviour management skills. There will also be opportunities to observe good practice of both classroom teachers and other cover supervisors in order to develop good practitioner skills.
  • To be formally observed twice a year as part of performance appraisal and to be observed as part of the schools quality assurance processes including learning walks
  • To attend meetings of the Cover Team and other training or meetings as required.
  • During unallocated periods of teaching, to carry out such other duties as required, and as are commensurate with the grade of the post. These include but are not limited to:
  1. Supporting colleagues/agency supply teachers in classrooms
  2. Providing additional student support in the classroom, Inclusion or Silent Learning Room (SLR)
  3. Supporting students during internal and external examinations
  4. Invigilating during internal and external examinations
  5. Supporting administration requirements
  6. To accompany visits and field trips, as required 
  7. Organisation of resources

Additional notes: 

  • Promote positive values, attitudes and good student behaviour, dealing promptly with incidents, in line with School policy, encouraging students to take responsibility for their own behaviour
  • Establish productive working relationships with students and colleagues, acting as a role model and setting high expectations of work and behaviour 
  • Comply with lesson plans and instructions from the class teacher and make appropriate use of seating plans, equipment and resources 
  • Are not normally expected to set or plan work but should be prepared to use their initiative to occupy students if work is not immediately available;  
  • Deliver instructions clearly so that students are able to understand what is required of them.  

Skills and personal attributes

  • A highly adaptable and resourceful attitude, with the ability to adapt to changes at short notice, as the structure of the day can change minute by minute
  • Although prior experience is not essential, you should have a commitment to working with young people.
  • Able to build excellent, professional relationships with students, staff,  parents/carers and agency teachers
  • Has a professional approach in dealing with confidential and sensitive situations
  • Has a positive ‘can do’ attitude, proactive, using initiative and imagination to solve problems
  • Work successfully both independently and as part of a team 
  • Ability to prioritise workload and self-management
  • Calm, resilient and capable of dealing with emotive situations in a professional way
  • IT Skills
  • The role is a superb opportunity for anyone wishing to gain experience in a school environment, possibly as part of their career development. There will be plenty of scope to take part in CPD with teaching colleagues and develop skills in the classroom.

This post is classed as having a high degree of contact with children or vulnerable adults and is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.  An enhanced disclosure will be sought through the DBS as part of Hertfordshire County Council’s pre-employment checks.  

Please note that additional information referring to the Disclosure and barring Service is in the guidance notes to the application form.  If you are invited to an interview you will receive more information.

This role description may be modified by the Head teacher to reflect or anticipate changes which are commensurate with the salary and role title and improvement and expansion plans of the school.

This role description will be reviewed every 3 years or sooner, if required.