I was wondering what the rules are regarding setting cover when you are off sick. I have only had a day off in my NQT, when my child was ill and it was not a problem sending in cover but a friend of mine in a different school HAS to send in detailed, full lesson plans for every class when off, whether sick or a planned absence. I know in my school & department that people always set cover, though often just a basic outline as our schemes are all on the system, so we only usually need to say where we are up to. And I know there have been times when people are seriously unwell where it is just impossible to be thinking about lesson cover. What are schools reasonably allowed to demand of an absent teacher?