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Cover Supervisor

Why Choose Key Stage Teacher Supply?

Working as a cover supervisor can be extremely rewarding but also very demanding. There is a high level of responsibility and although there is always a teacher close at hand if needed, there is a large amount of autonomy.

A cover supervisor is likely to be used for short-term absences of a teacher. These might be known in advance (for example, where a teacher has a medical appointment or is undergoing professional development) or unexpected (for example, absence due to illness.

On a daily basis, cover supervision is to include:

a) supervising work that has been set in accordance with the school policy
b) managing the behaviour of pupils whilst they are undertaking this work to ensure a constructive environment;
c) responding to any questions from pupils about process and procedures;
d) dealing with any immediate problems or emergencies according to the school’s policies and procedures;
e) collecting any completed work after the lesson and returning it to the appropriate teacher
f) reporting back as appropriate using the school’s agreed referral procedures on the behaviour of pupils during the class, and any issues arising.

What qualifications and experiences are needed?

You will need to hold a degree or have a teaching assistant qualification or both.

In general terms, those undertaking cover supervision should:
a) be familiar with the full range of school policies, particularly those regarding health and safety, equal opportunity issues and special educational needs (SEN);
b) have the necessary skills to manage safely classroom activities, the physical learning space and resources for which they are responsible;
c) understand and be able to use a range of strategies to deal with classroom behaviour as a whole and also individual behavioural needs.

Although some candidates may already have some experience of working in schools, it is likely that some specific training will also be needed. At Key Stage Teacher Supply we endeavour to provide the necessary professional development and training to our candidates.

How we need to work together

Availability and Keeping in Touch

In order to fulfil your needs (which may change during the time that we work together), we need to keep in touch regularly – so communication is a large part of our daily operation.

We that you keep us informed of your availability so that the team at your branch of Key Stage Teacher Supply can speak to the schools on your behalf.  We are always working to secure you that next assignment.

The role of a supply teacher is becoming more and more demanding, and expectations are high. Our schools expect that the best educational provision is provided to their pupils however long you may be with them. There are certain standards and compliances that we need you to work to during your time with us.

Key Stage Teacher Supply is committed to providing only the most skilled, knowledgeable and effective supply teachers to its schools. We appreciate that students only go through the education system once, and we are passionate that our team of supply teachers deliver to a high standard.

We will provide you with the right information and training to make sure that you meet these expectations.

Dress code and standards

First impressions always count so dress professionally. Remember no jeans, leggings or shorts. Male teachers wear a shirt and tie.

It is imperative that all mobile phones are turned off whilst in the classroom.

Arrival time

You are expected to arrive at the school by 8.30am unless otherwise advised.

This gives you the opportunity to enquire about the schools expectations and gain as much information as possible about the school – such as lunch times, dinner money, playground duties and relevant policies and procedures. This enables you to feel more organised and therefore have a more effective day.


Please produce your ID card provided by Key Stage Teacher Supply. This is for security purposes and should be with you at all times.

Please take your current Enhanced DBS Certificate and proof of identification (ie. driving licence, passport) to be shown to the school on your arrival.

Planning and Preparation

Be aware that you may enter a classroom that has no lesson plans for the day. It is expected that you will have your own resources in preparation for your assignment, and that they are in accordance with the National Curriculum.

Do not forget to take your PE shoes.

Please take advantage of Key Stage Teacher Supply’s Library and resource page for up to date information, ideas and lesson plans.

At the end of the day, you must leave notes on work which has been covered, plus details of any disciplinary matters/behavioral issues that you have encountered. (Click here to download a Handover sheet) Also ensure that each pupil leaves the classroom safely with his or her belongings. This is important in the case of younger children who must not be left unattended. Leave the classroom in a tidy condition. Do not forget to mark all the work that has been set.

For assignments of several days or longer, you must be prepared to undertake detailed planning and preparation. You may be planning alongside other teachers in your year group/ subject.

Our supply teachers must be prepared to assist in other professional activities, including attending staff meetings, parents’ evenings, marking exams and writing reports.


We operate an online timesheet and paper timesheet system. You will be advised at the time of your booking whether the school use online or paper timesheets.

It is your responsibility to complete or submit the days that you have worked each day. This must then be signed and approved by the school. Whether yor timesheet is online or paper, it needs to be delivered to your Key Stage office no later than 10am on the following Monday. Failure to submit a timesheet for days worked may delay payment.


Your payment for the previous week worked will be credited weekly in to your Bank or Building Society of your choice via BACS .We encourage that your wages be paid by this method, however if there is a problem then please discuss this with the Key Stage Teacher Supply member of staff.

It is an EU legislation that all agency staff must get holiday pay. Key Stage Teacher Supply will organise for a proportion of your daily/ hourly rate to accrue each week and this will be displayed on your weekly payslip. Holiday pay is paid to you during holidays.

Tax and National Insurance

Income tax, known as PAYE, is payable by every working person in the UK. It is the responsibility of Key Stage Teacher Supply to deduct Tax and National Insurance from your pay each week. If you have an up to date P45, our payroll manager will need this.  Otherwise we shall ask you to complete a P46.

Health and Safety

You are responsible for the health and safety of the pupils in your care and yourself. Do not carry out any duties you are not capable of or trained to do. Always ensure that you receive instructions when using unfamiliar equipment. If you are unsure about anything, please speak to a member of staff at Key Stage Teacher Supply to discuss your concerns.

Equal Opportunities

Key Stage Teacher Supply is an Equal Opportunities Employment Agency and Employment Business.

For further information please contact your local branch. or click to register with Key Stage Supply here.

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