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Covering GCSE classes that aren't your subject specialism

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by lilmonster, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. lilmonster

    lilmonster New commenter

    I am new to supply and I feel slightly uncomfortable with the expectations of the school I am in. Basically I am covering two different GCSE Y11 classes, ( neither of which is my subject specialism)..I have been asked to put together the coursework and then mark it ( one of the groups doesn't have their coursework up to date....when I took the supply this was not mentioned...any opinions or advice would be appreciated. I am concerned because I am not a subject specialist in the two areas and feel that the pupils should be taught by someone who has at least a grasp of what they are doing.
  2. I think you will find that many schools are more interested in having someone in charge of the class than what the pupils will learn. Welcome to supply if you can get it.
  3. les25paul

    les25paul Star commenter

    Plenty of resources under the resources link on this site.
  4. Talk to the HoD. They should have some examples of work and marking grids within the department to help you.
    What subjects are you covering and which exam board?
  5. Sounds to me that you are being lined up as a scapegoat if things don't get done. You end up with a smear on your reputation and the school does not look quite as bad if this happens. This happened to me when I was expected at one school to do 14 BTEC Science assessments in a term. I changed schools due to ill health rather quickly. There was a lot more supply then as it was BCS (before cover supervisors).

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