At Recruit Mint Education we believe that our Cover Supervisors are just as valuable as our teachers and in order to work as a Cover Supervisor you need to have a degree and ideally a minimum of three months experience of working in a secondary school environment, however, we accept applications from Cover Supervisors who are able to show they have significant experience of working with secondary age children in a position of authority and ideally of graduate experience. Suitable experience may be as a sports coach or youth leader and we are happy to consider non-graduates who have worked in similar roles in schools.
What does the role of a cover supervisor entail?
A cover supervisor is like a teacher in that they are in front of a class of children and are in charge of the classroom management. However, it is often easier to define the role by what a cover supervisor doesn’t do. A cover supervisor does not involve themselves with planning, preparation and marking of the class. In short, they play no part in the development of the class beyond that particular lesson.
What else do I need to know?
Being a cover supervisor isn’t for everyone. The classroom can be an intimidating place if you are not confident in the environment and you need to be honest with yourself in regards to how you feel you would be in this situation. Those with the right skills and temperament find the work incredibly rewarding.
Work for this role often comes in on a daily basis, so you will need to be flexible, however, if you are good the job is regular and many people use the role of cover supervisor as a kickstart to a teaching career. We do also source long term positions for the more experienced Cover Supervisors who have gained experience planning and marking.