Thank you for expressing an interest in the permanent post of Cover Supervisor starting as soon as possible at The Gryphon School. We wish to appoint a Cover Supervisor who is enthusiastic, committed and enjoys working with young people to commence as soon as possible. You will cover classes in the short-term absence of teachers who will provide work for you to supervise. We believe this is an outstanding opportunity to take on a key support role in a large and successful school that works hard to enthuse students and instil in them high standards.
The Gryphon is a wonderful place to work and has a special atmosphere and feel. It became an academy in August 2012 to sustain the quality of our outstanding provision and is a founder member of the Sherborne Area Schools’ Trust (SAST) a multi-academy trust established in June 2017. Since September 2017 we have been designated as a teaching school and are very excited about the opportunities that this new status will bring. In a recent national publication, The Real Schools Guide, The Gryphon was rated as one of only two schools in Dorset as 5 star; based on attainment, teaching, attendance and outcomes. The Good Schools Guide concludes that we are a ‘Super much sought-after school at the very centre of its community taking on the Sherborne independents. Truly, a model of comprehensive education at its best – a place for all comers, which children and parents set their heart on, so it bulges at the seams’.
We are an outward looking school with excellent community links as well as strong relationships with other good and outstanding schools across the South West and nationally.
During the course of a year, teachers will miss a proportion of their timetabled lessons for a variety of reasons that include illness, in-service training and fieldtrips. During these absences, it is important that our students still have access to high quality learning experiences. At The Gryphon, we feel that the best way to achieve this is for the absent teacher’s classes to be supervised by a cover supervisor. The cover supervisors are members of the school staff who are known by our students and are familiar with the school’s routines and this enables them to work more effectively with our students than some external supply teachers.
The role will involve:
- Taking sole charge of a class or group of students in the absence of the class teacher
- Interpreting the lesson plan prepared by the absent teacher and explaining it to the class
- Supervising the students as they complete the work set
- Managing the behaviour of pupils in order to maintain a positive learning environment
- Responding to questions from pupils about processes and procedures
- Dealing with any immediate problems or emergencies following school procedures
- Collecting work at the end of the lesson and ensuring it is returned to the teacher
- Reporting back to the classroom teacher on the lesson and any issues arising
- Assisting in administrative duties in departments, year teams and reprographics
- Assisting in examination invigilation
- Providing supervision on school trips
- Supporting teachers in lessons as required
- Supporting Trax homework club
It is essential that cover supervisors have some previous experience of working with children, preferably of secondary school age and clearly enjoy working in a child-centred environment. Effective cover supervisors have presence and authority, clear values and a sense of humour. They quickly build effective relationships with students and believe that the students want to learn. By its nature, the cover supervisor’s role is very varied and as a consequence, the successful applicant must be adaptable and enjoy an element of uncertainty.
The role of Cover Supervisor is excellent preparation for teaching and many of our vacancies have arisen as our Cover Supervisors have left to pursue careers in teaching. Cover Supervisors have the opportunity to take a full role in the life of a school and applicants who could contribute to our extra-curricular programme would be especially welcomed.
The role of Cover Supervisor is a challenging one and the successful applicant will undertake a training programme to help prepare them for the classroom. Initially the successful applicant will be paired with a more established cover supervisor before embarking on sole supervision of classes. Our training and induction programme has proved to be successful preparation for this challenging role but we recognise that the personal qualities the cover supervisor brings to the role are of equal importance.
The posts are pensionable and remuneration will be on Grade 6 £19,171-£20,344 fte for 37 hours per week, term time, plus training days.
The Gryphon School has an absolute commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. The School follows the national and Dorset policies and procedures for child protection and security and the interview will include questions about safeguarding children. Current and/or previous employers will be contacted through references as part of the verification process pre-appointment checks if the applicant is short-listed. The successful applicant will be required to undertake a criminal record check via the CRB.
The Gryphon School is committed to equal opportunities and positively encourages applications from all sections of the community.