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More and more lower sets cover.

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by Pennyforyourthoughts, Jun 14, 2012.

  1. Pennyforyourthoughts

    Pennyforyourthoughts Occasional commenter

    Anyone finding that they are getting more and more lower sets to cover? Sometimes its day after day if you are on general cover and not your won subject. On chatting to one of the cover supervisors it appears that they are spared these classes when supply teachers are brought in so they can have the pick of the groups to cover....... we certainly earn our money when we have days like this..... I have had 3 days like this on the trot, goodie bag needs replenishing and so do I. Looked at the cover sheets to find that I was put in different subjects with the lower sets instead of covering for one absent teacher. Would many permanent teachers survive with permanently having the lower sets every day? I suspect not......
  2. I agree with Les Paul. A dep. HT once said to me "Who would want to be a supply teacher?".
    Your post says it all.
    But, you have to grin and bear it. Tis the nature of (secondary) supply! And no -one really cares a hoot as long as there is a body in front of the class. This is not about your prof. dev. or job satisfaction.
    This is supply!!!!!
  3. hammie

    hammie Lead commenter

    all correct
    many teachers also see a colleagues absence as a chance to take their top set for the day "they need a specialist teacher or they will fall behind" and dump their grot on the supply teacher. It has happened for years, but only in some schools where the management are weak or disinterested!
    As i've said before it is amazing how often it is the absent teacher's day for duty, should be 20% of supply days, but it is far far higher than that!

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