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Cover Supervisors? Duvet Handlers?

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by percy topliss, May 17, 2011.

  1. percy topliss

    percy topliss Established commenter

    Did you lot know that there is now a forum called "Cover Supervisors? If not, there is and if so, what does a CS do? At first I thought it was the poor s*d who has to sort the cover out in the morning when the English department has had one over the eight the night before, however, upon reading some of the posts I do not think that this is so, to be honest IF they are teachers at all I feel that they too must have come from *** College as their spelling is atrocious.
    Do tell?

  2. PuRe

    PuRe Occasional commenter

    you should go to the supply forum, for further insight! - bottom line, they are unqualified teachers, I don't even think they have degrees. Cheap help....
  3. MisterMaker

    MisterMaker Occasional commenter

    As pure says, they are unqualified full time teachers, covering for absent 'colleagues'. Secondary state schools often employ a few of them on a full time basis nowadays. The idea is that the teacher provides the plans and the CS baby sit whilst the students get on with the work.
    I'm sure this wonderful idea works splendidly in inner city schools where the angelic students are so well behaved they naturally get on with set work whilst the nominal adult sits at a desk.
    Far cheaper than supply teachers, who are required to have qualifications and work for rogue companies who pay them half the fee those companies get from schools. Very cheap help!
  4. bulegila

    bulegila New commenter

    Cover supervisors as someone else has said are basically cheap, unqualified teachers used for cover work. Due to this most supply teachers can't get much if any work in Secondary schools. I've taught my subject in secondary for 5 days this school year. Everything else has been primary. Even in primary there is less work as they use TA's to cover PPA time and sickness.
  5. David Getling

    David Getling Lead commenter

    I've been out of the UK for years, so I've only heard about this system, which I gather is sacrificing kids' education both to save money and satisfy union demands about non-contact time.

    As a maths teacher, also with strong chemistry and physics skills, I have observed how much kids really appreciate having subject specialists covering for absences. And I don't mean just the kids who are taking exams, this extends right down to Y7 students.

    When I was in New Zealand I used to do a lot of cover for a particular teacher who had a young baby. The vice principal at the school in question always did her utmost to get appropriate subject specialists. I wonder what impact the UK cover supervisor system would have had on those kids' education.

    As so often seems to be the case these days, the educational needs of kids in the UK don't seem to be a priority. Which, I suppose is one of the reasons many of us prefer to teach overseas.

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