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Cover Supervisor/Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)

Pimlico PrimaryWestminster


Pimlico Primary (an Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ school) is a state-funded primary school based in the heart of Westminster in central London. We are part of Future Academies, a Multi-Academy Trust which includes three primary schools and six secondary schools in and around London. We are motivated by a mission of social change and reducing educational inequality: our school and Trust are unique in our approach to a knowledge-rich curriculum, and in our strong emphasis on raising children’s aspirations and outcomes through the teaching of classical and traditional subjects. Our children study a bespoke curriculum developed by writers at our Curriculum Centre, which places a focus on developing their cultural literacy and their awareness of the forces, words and events that have shaped our society today.  We subject-specialise at primary level, meaning that our primary children are taught by several different subject experts, as they would be in the private sector. Pimlico serves children from the most socially deprived communities: our teachers can therefore make a dramatic impact on the lives of these children.


We are seeking a dedicated, bright and experienced Cover Supervisor to join our team and deliver cover lessons and interventions across EYFS, KS1 and KS2. This is an exciting role for an already experienced Cover Supervisor or HLTA to further their knowledge of working with children as part of an exceptional Multi-Academy Trust, working alongside like-minded members of staff and an experienced SEND team, at both Trust level and school level.

As our Cover Supervisor, you will be required to work term time only for 37.5 hours per week (08:30 - 16:30). This is a fixed term role for 12 months. 

Main areas of responsibility:

  • Cover lessons when teachers are absent, following guidance and planning provided by teachers.
  • Support the SENDCo with the monitoring and running of interventions.
  • Provide support for pupils, the teacher and the school in order to raise standards of achievement for all pupils (e.g. SEND, EAL and all underachieving groups).
  • Promote and support the inclusion of all pupils, including those with specific needs, both in learning activities and within the classroom.
  • Organise and safely manage the appropriate learning environment and resources.
  • Use behaviour management strategies, in line with the school’s policy and procedures, to contribute to a purposeful learning environment and encourage pupils to interact and work co-operatively with others.
  • With teachers, evaluate pupils’ progress through a range of assessment activities.
  • Assess pupils’ responses to learning tasks and where appropriate, modify methods to meet individual and/or group needs. 
  • Support the role of parents in pupils’ learning, including contributing to meetings with parents to provide constructive feedback on pupil progress, achievement and behaviour, whilst maintaining sensitivity and confidentiality at all times.
  • Supervise pupils in the playground and plan and organise play time activities.
  • Assist teachers by receiving instructions directly from professional or specialist support staff involved in the children’s education. These may include social workers, health visitors, language support staff, speech therapists, educational psychologists, and physiotherapists.
  • Understand and implement school child protection procedures and comply with legal responsibilities.
  • Any other duties required by the class teacher, SENDCo or Head of School, which is within the scope of this post.

Person specification: 

  • Experience working as a Cover Supervisor, HLTA in a school, ideally for a minimum of 2 years.
  • A degree or equivalent qualification and GCSE English and Maths at Grade C or above.
  • Basic knowledge of first aid; e.g. emergency first aid course.
  • Good knowledge of a range of learning barriers including special needs.
  • Experience of contributing to, and assessing of, provision for children with a range of needs.
  • Some knowledge of some of the social issues facing pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Dedicated to making a difference to the lives of our pupils.
  • To be a positive, willing and adaptable member of the team at all times.
  • Arrive punctually and maintain high standards of time keeping and reliability.
  • Committed to the wider life of the school. 


  • The chance to make a difference to children’s lives. Pimlico Primary serves children from the most socially deprived communities: our teachers can therefore make a dramatic impact on the lives of these children.
  • Fast career progression. Because knowledge and intelligence, rather than length of service, are lauded and rewarded at Pimlico Primary, teachers and support staff can quickly take up great responsibility. Furthermore, you can access our “Outstanding”-rated Initial Teacher Training programme: the Pimlico-London SCITT. 
  • Excellent CPD. The Trust is knowledge-centric and encourages CPD at all levels with excellent opportunities for swift career progression, within the Academy and Trust. This includes Leadership Development opportunities.
  • Knowledge-rich staff team. You will be working with a supportive leadership team, cohesive staff body, and very purposeful environment with excellent resources. Being part of a Trust of schools enables you to share knowledge across a wider range of educational professionals.
  • Perkbox. Access to our employee benefits platform where you can access over 200 different Perks.
  • Cycle to Work Scheme. Access to the government-backed.
  • Additional benefits. We also offer a competitive salary and generous holiday entitlements, alongside benefits such as a season ticket loan and a pension scheme.


If you are interested in applying for the Cover Supervisor/HLTA position at Pimlico Primary, please click on the Apply button to complete an online application form.  

We look forward to receiving your application.

Closing date: 16th December 2021

Future Academies is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all members of staff and volunteers to share this commitment. An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check is required for this post.  

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