Skip to main content

Cover Supervisor


Essex Pay Scale 6 Point 13-17 

(£20,228.10 - £21,766.21 per annum)  

+ outer fringe allowance of £537.56 

35 hours per week


Hours per week available:

35 hours per week 

Monday – Friday 8:00am – 3:30pm with a 30 minute unpaid lunch break


Brentwood County High School
Shenfield Common, Seven Arches Road, Brentwood, Essex.CM14 4JFEssex
Brentwood County High School

Are you looking for that next step into a role that could offer you entry into the exciting and rewarding world of teaching?

A new opportunity has arisen, for a Cover Supervisor to join our fantastic team of Cover Supervisors. Brentwood County High School (BCHS) is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, committed Cover Supervisor to deliver good lessons to pupils in order to cover lessons of absent colleagues, and to support learning in line with the school curriculum, codes of practice, school policies and student wellbeing.

The successful candidate will be enthusiastic, personable and able to communicate effectively, and maintain a calm and professional manner, under pressure. This role would ideally suit someone with previous school based experience or educated to degree level, but it is not essential.

This position will involve:

  • Supervising classes and supporting pupils, to ensure they are engaged in learning activities

  • Delivering cover work set by the class teacher, whilst keeping students on task

  • Promote the inclusion and acceptance of all students within the classroom

  • Act as a role model, setting high expectations of conduct and promote positive pupil behaviour, to create a safe and inclusive learning environment

  • Providing feedback to the classroom teacher on the pupil’s progress against lesson plans, conduct of the lesson and keeping pupil related records

  • Dealing with any immediate problems or emergencies according to the school’s policies and procedures in relation to health & safety, welfare and wellbeing and safeguarding

  • Collecting any completed work after the lesson and returning it to the appropriate teacher

  • Provide additional support to either teachers in classrooms, departments or to carry out administrative tasks when not covering a class or at quiet periods

  • To establish positive relationships with the pupils in lessons being covered

The successful candidate will have:

  • Excellent organisational skills, with the ability to be efficient and adaptable

  • Excellent written skills with the ability to multi-task

  • Excellent communication skills, with a positive and helpful attitude

  • The ability to work independently and on their own initiative

  • The ability to remain calm under pressure and remain positive

  • The ability to follow safeguarding procedures and prioritise students welfare

Due to increasing student numbers, Brentwood County High School is on a journey of improvement and is seeking to appoint additional staff. Following our “Good” Ofsted rating in June 2022 and several years of excellent student outcomes, demand for places in Year 7 and Year 12 has been rising. In December 2023, we will be excited to open the final stage of our £27 million DFE heritage building project. This will provide new state of the art learning environments - including new science, sporting, technology, and art facilities – whilst also retaining the character of the original school buildings that date back over a century.  

BCHS is a Co-operative Academy which is firmly rooted in serving our community. We are proud to be an inclusive co-educational comprehensive school where we recognise that success for young people is built on firm foundations of trust, respect, care and hard work. We measure our success by much more than exam results as we recognise that such data tells only a part of the story of each of our individual young people. BCHS is already a great place to teach and learn and we have many strengths including:

  • Motivated and polite pupils, whom have a strong voice in the school with diversity champions and student parliament

  • Staff are aided by extensive and wide ranging in-house support and coaching, by dedicated and helpful colleagues

  • Knowledgeable and dynamic Trust with supportive governors, with a robust understanding of education

BCHS is located in the heart of Brentwood, near to the town centre, a short distance from the train station, where its 25 minutes to Liverpool Street Station. The school, which also includes a large sixth form campus and achievements at KS5 have been a key strength at BCHS. Parking is available on-site and there are good transport links by both rail and bus. BCHS is just over two miles from the M25.

Brentwood County High School is a member of the Osborne Co-operative Academy Trust. The Osborne Co-operative Academy Trust is a Multi-Academy Trust, with twelve member schools within Essex. All schools in the Trust work in equal partnership and are members of the schools’ Co-operative Society. Our Co-operative Values focus on enabling all students to achieve their potential both academically and as young people.

What the school can offer:  

  • Recognition of continuous service 

  • Automatic enrolment into the Local Government Pension Scheme

  • Excellent CPD opportunities

  • Career progression throughout the Trust, with the ability to progress in other schools

  • The support of an experienced family of schools 

  • National Conditions of Service 

  • Access to the Employee Assistance Programme 

  • Excellent behaviour management policy to support all staff

  • Wider support network for all staff including managing workloads and work life balance

Person Specification Requirements



  • GCSE A*-C (or equivalent) including English Language and Maths


  • Relevant Professional and/or management qualification

Education and training


  • ICT skills


  • Evidence of addressing large groups of students/giving presentations
  • Experience of providing administration support

Skills, knowledge and abilities


  • Competent use of ICT packages
  • Ability to work on own initiative with minimum supervision
  • Ability to relate well to students, be an effective role model and motivate students to achieve success
  • Ability to raise standards of attainment and aspiration
  • Professional manner at all times
  • Excellent interpersonal and organisational skills
  • Numeracy and literacy skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written


  • Understand the principles of the teaching and learning process

Other job specific requirements


  • A proven record high level of attendance; honest; able to work effectively with little supervision and polite and courteous to all at St Clere’s School
  • Willingness to be flexible with working hours to respond to the needs of the school
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure and have a sense of humour
  • Committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of students
Read the full job description
Posted on: 9 February 2024

Application Closing date

Sunday, 31 March 2024 12:00 pm

To make changes to an editable PDF on your phone or tablet you must download it rather than opening it in your device browser.

Application Form
  • On Apple devices press and hold the application form button and select Download linked file. Once the file has downloaded you can find it in your Files app where you can open and complete the form.
  • On Android, choose Open with Drive if prompted, then click on the Save to Drive icon; once the file is saved to Google Drive you will be able to complete it using your mobile device.

To apply, please use the application form link above or request a form by emailing us at or calling 01375 648901.

Please note: we may hold interviews as and when applications are received, and we reserve the right to offer to a candidate prior to the closing date. With this in mind, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Osborne Co-operative Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. This post will be subject to an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.