Cover Supervisor

Seven Hills School is a Secondary Special School for young people with a range of complex needs including severe learning difficulties, autistic spectrum disorder, physical disabilities and communication difficulties. We cater for pupils from 11 to 19 years of age.  The school is maintained by Sheffield Local Authority (LA).  We are an inspirational community, which nurtures talents, shares learning and celebrates life.

The Seven Hills community is a strong and resourceful one with a central commitment to provide outstanding teaching and learning opportunities for all our students. We pride ourselves on helping to influence and shape future citizens who can contribute to their own well-being and that of others and who can achieve in their own individual goals and aspirations.

Purpose of the Job:

Whilst the main focus of this role will be the provision of cover for teachers, the jobholder will also be required to work across the school to support in the development and delivery of learning for pupils and by helping with administrative tasks. As a Cover Supervisor, the successful applicant will undertake a variety of roles in school including:

  • To provide support for learning in line with all aspects of a Cover Supervisor
  • Plan and deliver lessons to both whole classes and small groups
  • Work within an agreed framework of supervision to complement the professional work of Teachers, including planning, preparation and delivery of lessons
  • Deploy and inform the work of other teaching assistants
  • Effective liaison with parents/carers and other professionals
  • Contribute significantly to annual reviews, student assessment and reporting student progress


Governors are looking for an enthusiastic and committed person who is able to meet the Higher Level Teaching Assistant standards or has the equivalent qualifications or experience. You must demonstrate excellent numeracy / literacy skills equivalent to NVQ level 2 in English and Maths, had training in relevant learning strategies e.g. Read, Write, Inc., Big Maths, possess expertise in ICT and some competence around augmented communication strategies eg. Makaton, Rebus, PECS. The successful candidate will have the ability to deal professionally with all of the school’s stakeholders, including pupils, visitors, school governors and parents.

You will be confident in supporting and leading classroom learning and be resilient to respond to the day to day needs of the school, you should also have the ability and motivation to organise your own workload and priorities. Working across a range of ages and abilities you should have experience of managing students with challenging behaviour with a range of complex needs including severe learning difficulties, physical disabilities and communication difficulties.

All Teaching Assistants are required to be proficient in Safe Moving and Handling techniques and Team Teach, and training will be provided as necessary.

Closing date for applications is 5th July 2021.

For more information visit the Sheffield City Council website.