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What does an employer look for in a Cover Supervisor who lacks a degree?

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by LilyRobinson241092, Feb 27, 2018.

  1. LilyRobinson241092

    LilyRobinson241092 New commenter

    I'm new to the forum and actually quite new to supply teaching. I'm presently studying BSc Honours in Mathematics with Education and was originally also doing QTS with the aim of becoming a Mathematics teacher. I have since realised teaching is no longer for me and that I would be much more suited to Pastoral Care or Student Welfare. This year I dropped my university hours down to part-time (presently on my second year) in order to get some experience within schools. Originally I looked for volunteer roles within Pastoral Units but with schools often reserving their placements for QTS/teacher training students this proved a fruitless endeavour. I by accident found a job on my university's career service advertising for graduates who wished to become Cover Supervisors. Despite not being a graduate, I decided to apply figuring the worst answer I could get is no. I was initially met at the interview with, "You're underqualified for this job" and also a bit of confusion as to why I applied for a Cover Supervisor job when I don't wish to go into teaching. But I must have done well selling myself at the interview as I secured the job. In fact I applied to a few other agencies since all with the similar "You're underqualified" starting point, but from there made it through the interviews and got the jobs.

    I'm just curious as to what these employers are looking for when I inform them I don't have a degree though. Reason being is I took the extended route into university and due to a few health setbacks, this is my 5th year at university and I want a bit of a break from being on the student side of education. I might return for my degree in the future but for now I want to go into a job and working. I do quite a lot of networking within the education sector, I have a clear idea of what I wish to achieve from my future career and I have been quite upfront with my present employers that as it stands I intend to leave university without my degree at the end of this academic year.

    Right now I'm in part-time casual jobs though and I am wanting to have a full-time job come September or at least a part-time job with contracted hours. My ideal job would be in a Pastoral Unit (which doesn't necessarily require a degree) but for now I have been viewing Cover Supervisory roles as a great stepping stone into that job role, especially when it comes to behaviour management. I know I'm going to continue being up against graduate level candidates though and although so far I seem to be doing well in this, I'd still like to know what employers are generally looking for when they are encountered with a candidate who lacks a degree?

    Also just to add I presently do Cover Supervisory work in secondary schools and specialise in mathematics, I've also been asked to do a few science lessons too. Presently I'm also building experience and making use of CPD resources too which I'm imagining will definitely go in my favour when applying for a more permanent role.

    EDIT: Just to add I realise subject knowledge is a given. Every interview I have been to so far, this has been the key concern, my subject knowledge perhaps not being up to scratch.
  2. baxterbasics

    baxterbasics Senior commenter

    I don't have an exact answer. However, surely somebody with a degree can do better than being a cover supervisor.
    The pay is low and there is zero progression - what sort of a career is that after studying for many years at an academic institution?
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  3. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    If you want a permanent role as a cover supervisor you don't need a degree for that and it sounds as though you are getting plenty of experience doing it. With your experience and knowledge of maths, schools will see you as an inexpensive way to cover their maths classes on the cheap.

    Why don't you see if you could get job perhaps as a Head of Year. Some schools employ people to oversee year groups and these people don't teach - they perform a pastoral function.
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  4. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    The answer to the question is - cheapness to employ
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  5. les25paul

    les25paul Star commenter

    As a cover supervisor you shouldn't need teaching resources or be concerned that your subject knowledge is current. That is the responsibility of a teacher and not yours. Your role is only to supervise the class on work provided from a teacher and maintain order.

    I'm afraid that too many schools think that CSs are a replacement for teachers and put too much pressure on them. You don't need a degree just a good command of Maths and English. And not even that if you are covering PE, :D, (only joking)
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  6. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    I agree with you les25paul.
    agathamorse likes this.

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