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Cover supervisor as school experience?

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by uu15926, Mar 30, 2017.

  1. TheGeographyShop

    TheGeographyShop New commenter

    Working as a cover supervisor is good in many ways to gain expeirence of a classroom but it won't prepare you for the rest of what being a teacher is like. I would say that at least 50% of my workload (marking, planning, CPD, training, dealing with new specifications etc) takes place outside the classroom and informs what happens in the classroom. Things like behaviour management can be learnt well within a cover environment however it's not really the same as being the teacher who is responsbile for attainment/progress etc.

    If you work doing cover it might be worth asking the school/s you are at if you could observe other classes? That might give you a better idea of what it will be like.

    Hope this helps :) Loes x
    pepper5 likes this.
  2. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    I agree you are unlikely to secure any posts now so close to the end of school and your best bet is to try for some voluntary work in schools and, as blueskydresming suggests, observe as many lessons as possible. Also, ask a lot of teachers what teaching is going to be like. There are many posts on this site about the difficulties of teaching. Have you really thought this through? As you may know, 40% of newly trained teachers leave within five years of qualifying.

    Reason are usually because of the excessive workload as many teachers work 60 to 70 hours per week. All subjects have a massive workload, it English particularly so.

    Large class sizes with classes in the region of 30+ and within those classes many students with additional needs.

    In some classes the behaviour can be very difficult and you need resolve and a very strong personality to be able to manage the behaviour day after day after day.

    If you don't secure a place, perhaps get a job in a school, ask teachers what their experience is like, observe all you can and then decide.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.

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