Using unqualified cover supervisors is no substitute for a quality education says REC

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Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Released on 27 April 2011

REC Education has backed calls from the NASUWT Union to prevent unqualified cover supervisors taking the place of highly trained teachers, highlighting how this becomes a particular concern in cases of staff absence or sickness.

Research by the NASUWT and NUT has shown the increasing use of unqualified supervisors, with research identifying how four fifths of parents regard this as serious concern. 

Commenting, John Dunn, Chair of REC Education said;

“REC Education has long highlighted the dangers of using cover supervisors to do a teachers job.  It is widely acknowledged that in order to raise standards, schools require quality and inspirational teachers.  Although cover supervisors are often talented individuals, they do not have the required training and skills to bring the best out of their pupils- undermining the position of teaching professionals who undertake lengthy teacher training.  

"This problem is particularly acute in instances of staff absence or sickness, with schools employing unqualified cover supervisors in place of experienced supply teachers. 

 “With the creation of a increasing numbers of academies and free schools, we are seeing clear moves towards autonomy away from central and local authority control.  The Government must ensure that schools do not see this as an opportunity to hire more unqualified supervisors to save cash.  Using unqualified professionals is bad for standards, opposed by parents and undermines teachers; we need clear, preventative guidelines to which schools must adhere.” 


Contact: Ed Sexton

Phone: 020 7009 2192

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