Could you be a supervisor in charge of Covid-19 rules?

The successful candidate will play a key role in ensuring that students abide by the Covid-19 guidance, says college

Julia Belgutay

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A sixth-form college in Cambridge is looking to recruit a “student supervisor” who will ensure that students meet government guidelines on Covid-19.

In the job advert, Long Road Sixth Form College, which has around 2,400 students on its roll, says that working within its academic support team, the employee will “support and maintain clear expectations for student behaviour and safety whilst they are on or near the college site”.

“The successful candidate will play a key role in ensuring that students abide by the Covid-19 guidance by maintaining social distancing; making sure students are wearing a face covering when out of the classroom; and implementing any other guidance that may be introduced.

The role, according to the advert, is "a term-time only role", working 37 hours per week, at a salary of £14,689.00. 

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In July, the government told colleges they should plan for all learners to return to a "full, high-quality education" from September. Guidance published by the Department for Education sets out the steps FE providers should take to prepare for reopening after the summer holidays, including cleaning regimes, how to form groups of students, transport to and from campus and cases in which wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) might be necessary.

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It says that, as employers, institutions "must protect people from harm". "Health and safety legislation requires employers to assess risks and put in place proportionate control measures. This includes taking reasonable steps to protect staff, learners and others from coronavirus (Covid-19) within the education setting," it adds.

Bill Watkin, chief executive of the Sixth Form Colleges Association, said: “Our members have developed a range of innovative approaches to dealing with reopening and this is a good example. As the advice from government changes on a regular basis, it is also important to adopt a flexible approach to delivery while prioritising the safety and security of staff and students."

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Julia Belgutay

Julia Belgutay

Julia Belgutay is head of FE at Tes

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