57 days remaining to apply

  • Closing date

    30 January 2024 at 9am

  • Date listed

    10 October 2023

Job details

Visa sponsorship

No, visa sponsorship not available

Working pattern

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£21,028.00 - £22,905.00 Annually (Actual) 30h per week, Term Time (39 weeks)

Cover Supervisor job summary

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • To instruct students using prepared and provided resources to embed and reinforce previous teaching and learning.

  • To facilitate cover lessons which seek to give consistency to students’ learning in the absence of their regular teacher

  • To provide students with the necessary resources for their learning in liaison with Heads of Subject and nominated cover staff

  • To register and record student attendance in lessons

  • To answer students’ questions regarding the instructions left by the subject teacher

  • To maintain existing routines ensuring classes enter and exit classrooms and teaching spaces in an orderly fashion

  • To ensure a calm and purposeful atmosphere for working during the lesson

  • To engage all pupils in the pre-set activities

  • To follow College systems and procedures on the management of behaviour

  • To undertake appropriate specified tasks in the lesson under the direction of a teacher

  • To ensure classrooms are left tidy and ready for the next lesson after dismissing the class

  • To build and maintain supportive relationships with pupils, treating all individuals consistently and with respect and consideration.

  • To encourage and support the acceptance and inclusion of all pupils

  • To report to the cover manager at the start and end of each day

  • To liaise with faculty or subject heads or a representative to answer questions about the provided resources when appropriate

  • To report back to faculty or subject heads and teachers on the lesson covered and any issues related to cover work

  • To carry out administrative tasks associated with all the above duties

  • To attend staff briefings and meetings to keep up to date on issues related to pupils and cover

  • To undertake professional development as appropriate, including the training days and evenings

  • To contribute to the overall ethos of the College and to work in accordance with the College’s child protection policies and procedures and to raise any concerns related to such procedures which may be noted during the course of duty.

  • To be aware of and adhere to applicable rules, regulations, legislations and procedures including the College’s Equal Opportunities Policy, national legislation [including Health and safety, Data Protection]

  • To undertake other duties appropriate to the grading of the post as required.

Person Specification:


  • GCSE’s or equivalent to include Maths & English at a C grade or above

  • Previous experience of working with children

  • Ability to effectively manage student behaviour in accordance with the College’s policies and procedures

Experience (preferred but not essential):

  • Previous experience of working with children with complex needs/challenging behaviours within a classroom environment or similar

  • Experience working with students with diverse backgrounds and learning needs

  • Strong ability to work with technology and educational software

  • Knowledge of issues relevant to education and child development

Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written

  • Strong organisational and time management skills

  • A high level of accuracy and attention to detail

  • Flexible, adaptable and able to handle unexpected changes in schedules.

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks, set priorities and meet deadlines

  • Self-motivated and able to work in a team to collaborate with teachers, other support staff and parent to deliver effective support to students

Personal Qualities:

  • Passion for education and a strong commitment to improving student learning outcomes

  • Patience, flexibility and creativity

  • Positive attitude and strong work ethic

  • Strong commitment to student learning and success

  • Strong ability to maintain confidentiality and professionalism

Please Note:

This role is essential and as such we will be interviewing as suitable candidates apply. We reserve the right to close this role early should vacancies be filled before the closing date. Previous Applicants need not apply.

Commitment to safeguarding

Please refer to our safeguarding policy on the Athena Learning Trust website at: https://www.athenalearningtrust.uk/policies

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About Bideford College

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1430 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18

Bideford College is part of the Athena Learning Trust alongside Altarnun Primary, Atlantic Academy, Egloskerry Primary, Launceston College and Launceston Primary School .

Bideford College is a rapidly improving 11 – 18 secondary school on the North Devon coast. It aims to ensure that all students, regardless of socio-economic background can successfully move on to their next step in education or employment with the skills and qualifications they need. We do this through a broad and balanced curriculum and co-curricular offer which enables students to develop resilience, knowledge and contribute positively to the local and global community. We are committed to driving up standards, insisting on high expectations and raising the aspirations of our students.

We are proud of the broad and balanced curriculum that we offer our students in both the main school and in the sixth form. It offers the potential to develop a range of academic and vocational skills that prepares young people for careers in the 21st century. This is underpinned by a wealth of extra-curricular opportunities that nurtures the development of sporting, artistic and technical talents that sees our students succeed at a local, national and international level.

Bideford College is a caring community and we are proud of the inclusive school climate that has been created through the positive relationships developed between students and staff. We want our students to feel safe in the learning culture that exists in the classrooms of the college.

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