Cover Supervisor

Advert and Job Description

Role: Cover Supervisor
Responsible to: Deputy Headteacher
Remuneration:    Support Staff Grade 6 (Point 8 £20,852pa to Point 13 £23,023pa pro rata)
Hours:   31.5 hours per week, term time only, pro rata


Position of Cover Supervisor

We wish to engage a Cover Supervisor to work in classrooms when teachers are unavailable due to illness or away from school on training, trips or visits. Experience of working with young people is highly desirable but an excellent induction package and full training will be provided. You will not be expected to prepare or mark the work you will supervise, however, you must have a sincere affinity with young people and really enjoy the nature of challenge that this post will bring.

The vacancy offers an ambitious, energetic and highly capable applicant the opportunity to play a significant part in the ongoing development of the school. The governors, staff, students and parents are committed to continuing to serve our community by developing academic performance alongside an inclusive, distinctive ethos of modern masculinity. If you feel you could contribute to this exciting vision, we would be very pleased to receive your application.


The person appointed will …

  • be passionate about educating young people
  • be able to inspire and motivate students and staff, to give and achieve of their best
  • be a team player who has excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • have high levels of motivation and commitment



To supervise whole classes during the short-term absence of the class teacher under the guidance of the Faculty Leader, including implementing work programmes, managing student behaviour and assisting students in relevant activities, consistently in line with the school’s policies and procedures.


Main duties

  • Support and direct student learning  
  • Promote outstanding behaviour
  • Model consistent routines and expectations, as per Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Help to keep students safe
  • Prepare and maintain classrooms and the general school environment
  • Demonstrate confident use of ICT to support student learning
  • Develop and promote positive relationships with students
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with Faculty and Associate Staff  
  • Reflect on and develop your classroom practice


Essential Knowledge, Experience, Abilities & Aptitudes

  • Capability to achieve GCSE grade C in English & Maths
  • Skills of empathy, listening, communication and responding with appropriate language to build rapport with young people from a variety of ages, abilities and backgrounds
  • Flexible, adaptable and positive attitude to working in a structured and ambitious professional environment
  • Communication skills to promote and develop effective working with young people, colleagues, carers and agencies, at an appropriate level to achieve understanding and constructive responses


Desirable Knowledge, Experience, Abilities & Aptitudes

  • Hold at least GCSE Grade C or above [or equivalent] in English & Maths
  • Understanding of how different young people develop and learn and the experience to identify and apply appropriate strategies to achieve progression
  • Understanding of the role of the class teacher, the parent/carer and external agencies in developing and maintaining an effective learning environment
  • Current first aid certificate
  • Previous experience of working with young people in a range of educational settings
  • Experience of working in a setting subject to Health & Safety, Hygiene, Child Welfare & Protection regulations
  • Experience of effective supervision of the work of colleagues to achieve defined outcomes
  • The ability to contribute effectively to the workload, planning, supervision and responsibilities of a team
  • The ability to work under your own initiative, including recognition of the appropriate level at which to refer issues elsewhere for effective resolution
  • Proven communication and inter-personal skills evidenced by dealing with a diverse range of contacts about potentially complicated and/or sensitive issues
  • Ability to plan, review and carry out duties without supervision



  • To participate in the staff development / appraisal process in accordance with school policy
  • To be familiar with, and to adhere to relevant parts of the school’s Behaviour Policy (SOPs), Health & Safety policy and Safeguarding Policy
  • To undertake such other duties as may be reasonably required from time to time – including working as Teaching Assistant in classes when not required to work as a Cover Teacher


Ridgeway Education Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects staff working in all its schools to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced DBS check along with standard pre-employment safeguarding checks. St Birinus School is a Family Friendly School, committed to supporting our staff so that they can carve out a professional and personal life that is fulfilling and balanced.  

Our RET Staff Charter summarises the commitment we make to all staff who join and work at Ridgeway Education Trust.

We are committed to expressing our values of high quality learning, respectful relationships and an inclusive environment in the day to day experience of staff and students throughout the school. 

St Birinus School is an equal opportunities employer.


Application Process:

If you would like to apply, please return a completed application form, linked here, by 9am on Monday 9th May 2022.


Completed applications should be sent to Helen Cliff, PA to the Headteacher, at



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