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Supply for three days... Who plans the lessons?

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Notsuretoday Thu 20-Nov-14 14:47:26

The regular teacher or the cover teacher? (it's not due to illness)

Notsuretoday Thu 20-Nov-14 15:20:27


makeitabetterplace Thu 20-Nov-14 16:37:33

In our school, the plans would be left by the teacher and I can't see why anyone would ask the supply teacher to plan - how are they to know ow where to pick up and where to pitch it etc?

However, the school can dictate who does this as the supply teacher is not a cover supervisor, they are being paid as a teacher and planning and marking is part of being a teacher so if a supply teacher was getting uppity about doing it, school gets another supply teacher.

WowOoo Thu 20-Nov-14 16:41:39

I know a supply teacher who is finishing a two week cover. All plans were left for her.
I would have thought for 3 days you'd have plans.

bigTillyMint Thu 20-Nov-14 16:41:54

Well it should be the regular teacher. However, I can see that this could be a problem if the first day of absence was a Monday. Though with emails, etc plans could still be sent through if they were done.

I would have thought that a supply teacher would have to have some planning up their sleeve in case of an emergency, but not do the detailed plans from the long/medium term planning IYSWIM

DownByTheRiverside Thu 20-Nov-14 17:16:08

If I turn up as a supply teacher and there are no plans, I teach my own stuff for the three days; relevant and appropriate for the levels and the expectations for that year group, and I adapt and think on my feet as circumstances dictate.
I mark it and leave a detailed note.

Notsuretoday Thu 20-Nov-14 18:28:05

Thank you, I just wasn't sure what was usually expected!

Notsuretoday Thu 20-Nov-14 21:45:37

So if you were the absent teacher and the teacher covering was a colleague, would you resent having to do the planning?

MissMillament Thu 20-Nov-14 22:06:41

I am a secondary teacher but if a colleague was covering for me for three days I would expect to leave them fully planned lessons to teach - I certainly would not expect them to plan. For a start, they don't know my classes, where we have got to and where I want go with them next. I have done short term supply in the past and for bookings of a few days I was always expected to teach from the class teacher's plans. Unreasonable to expect otherwise imo.
Which are you, OP, the regular or the cover? grin I sense there is an issue of some kind here.

FabulousFudge Thu 20-Nov-14 22:08:22

The regular teacher. The supply teacher delivers and marks.

Notsuretoday Thu 20-Nov-14 22:09:36

I'm the cover... I was asked whether I needed fully planned lessons or could manage with just rough guidelines (ie revise this - then teach that) - not sure if to feel guilty that I asked for fully planned lessons instead

Fiddlerontheroof Thu 20-Nov-14 22:11:36

I'm supply, I would expect planned lessons from the teacher...I would mark it myself though, and leave notes for the teacher if necessary x

2kidsintow Thu 20-Nov-14 22:16:33

I've just had 3 days off on a course and the teacher covering the class was my job share teacher.
I left details of the learning objectives for the maths, but as she teaches that at the end of the week, I left the planning up to her.

For the subjects she doesn't normally teach I left the plans (and a lot of the resources) for that. I didn't have to leave blow by blow instructions for timings and duties etc, but didn't leave her to plan it all.

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