Working as a Cover Supervisor

Working as a Cover Supervisor

A Cover Supervisor is like a Teacher in that they are in front of a class of children and are in charge of the classroom management. However, it is often easier to define the role by what a Cover Supervisor doesn't do.

You need to be a strong character for this role, and that’s not just to manage the classroom behaviour but to create the right presence. Cover supervisors play a huge part in the running of a modern school and academy, by freeing up the regular qualified teaching staff to carry out essential marking, planning and preparation.

Cover supervisors were originally introduced as a way of maintaining teachers’ non-contact periods but have become a permanent fixture in schools. The role can be extremely rewarding and is a useful way of getting experience in the classroom for those with teaching ambitions.

Being a Cover Supervisor isn’t for everyone. The classroom can be an intimidating place if you are not confident in the environment and you need to be honest with yourself in regards to how you would feel in this situation. Those with the right skills and temperament though find the work incredibly rewarding.

Work for this role often comes in on a daily basis, so you will need to be flexible.

However, if you are good the job is regular and many people use the role of Cover Supervisor as a kick start to a teaching career.

Generally, around £60 - £65 per day

Can be full days or specific periods 

Ideally a Degree however some school will accept A-Levels


  • Teaching grammar
  • Managing behaviour
  • Discussing and debating texts with pupils and answering questions
  • Differentiating and allocating extension exercises

Skills and Knowledge

  •  Highly adaptable
  • Have a thick skin
  • Strong behaviour management skills
  • Diplomatic

If you're interested in finding out more about becoming a Cover Supervisor, call our Secondary Recruitment Specialist, Lisa on 0113 390 1003 today! 

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