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Moving from FE to be a Cover Supervisor - Anyone done this?

Discussion in 'Further Education' started by zakbrown1900, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. Hello

    I have got a BSc, MSc and PGCE in FE and a few
    years teaching experience in colleges on a hourly paid basis. When I
    first completed my PGCE in FE I was a supply teacher in schools for a
    year

    As there are no FE jobs where I live I am very
    tempted to go for a cover supervisor post I have seen in the local
    paper. The salary seems reasonable. My thinking is that it might be a
    good way to get recent experience in a school and then move into
    teaching in schools. In addition I have got a young son so it seems
    ideal to get the long holidays.

    Has anyone got any experience of changing roles from a lecturer to a cover supervisor? Would you be willing to share your experiences (good sides, bad sides, stress increase/decrease, if you find it enjoyable, etc).

    Thanks
     
  2. Hello

    I have got a BSc, MSc and PGCE in FE and a few
    years teaching experience in colleges on a hourly paid basis. When I
    first completed my PGCE in FE I was a supply teacher in schools for a
    year

    As there are no FE jobs where I live I am very
    tempted to go for a cover supervisor post I have seen in the local
    paper. The salary seems reasonable. My thinking is that it might be a
    good way to get recent experience in a school and then move into
    teaching in schools. In addition I have got a young son so it seems
    ideal to get the long holidays.

    Has anyone got any experience of changing roles from a lecturer to a cover supervisor? Would you be willing to share your experiences (good sides, bad sides, stress increase/decrease, if you find it enjoyable, etc).

    Thanks
     
  3. I did things the other way round. Started off as a CS, then did my PGCE Post Comp and am teaching in FE.
    I originally started off as a supply CS and loved it - lots of variety, staff were always really supportive an the pay was excellent, £80 a day! I then took on a perm contract with a school I went to on supply and it was awful. Once the pupils and staff knew I was a CS rather than assuming I was a supply teacher their attitudes completely changed. I was given no respect, the behaviour of the pupils was horrendous and their was no support from SLT. After asking a young lad to put his mobile phone away I explained that I would have to take it off him if he continued messing around and was told 'if you do that I'll kick your f***ing head in!' The lad didn't even get a detention as he was on a behaviour management plan [​IMG]) and the Head didn't believe in excluding pupils. CS's were often used to cover long term absences - the Deputy Head broke her leg and was off for two months and I was asked to cover her GCSE English classes throughout her absence despite only having a GCSE in the subject and no teacher training. I only managed a term and got out as soon as could.
     

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