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Cover Supervisor
Ark Ayrton Primary Academy
Do you have a passion for working with children in a school environment? Do you want to join a fast growing organisation with excellent opportunities for development and professional growth? Then we have a great opportunity for you to join a vibrant Ark academy in Portsmouth.

Ark Ayrton Primary School and Ark Ayrton Nursery is a popular school in the heart of Portsmouth.  It has been graded as ‘Good’ in all areas by Ofsted and as part of the Ark network of schools, we are committed to making sure that every child has access to a great education and real choices in life.

We are now looking for a Cover Supervisor who is a resilient and enthusiastic practitioner who is able to supervise whole classes (N-Y6) including delivering teachers’ planning, implementation of work programmes, marking, managing student behaviour and assisting students with relevant activities.

Applicants should be experienced in working within a school, have good, proven interpersonal skills, a confident and professional manner, very good literacy and numeracy skills and suitable skills or experience.    

You will share Ark Ayrton’s ethos, and believe in the potential of every child and be committed to Ark’s ethos of high expectations and no excuses.

Our ideal candidate will:

  •  Hold Mathematics and English GCE to Grade C or above 
  • A Level or equivalent Level 3 qualification 
  • Qualified to degree level (desirable) 
  • Right to work in UK. Have experience of leading whole class learning 
  • Have experience of working with children with challenging behaviour  
We can offer you:   ·
  • A supportive school
  • Friendly staff and children 
  • Opportunities for Professional Development   
By joining the Ark schools’ network, you will gain access to an exclusive range of benefits including comprehensive CPD, training and best-practice sharing opportunities, reduced gym membership, large retail discounts as well as the unique opportunity to apply for international exchanges and other scholarship prospects.

Interested in this exciting opportunity?  Would you like to visit our academy? Please contact the school on 023 9282 4828, or email l.dunning@arkayrtonprimary.org for more information.

Location:            Portsmouth
Start date:          January 2020
Contract:            Fixed Term Contract until 22 July 2020
Hours:                33.75 hours per week, Monday to Friday, Term time only
Salary:                Ark Support Scale (Outside London) Grade 6 £19,945 - £24,799, Actual Salary £16,425 - £20,422 Closing date:     12.00 pm Friday 22 November 2019

To apply please click the link below and submit your application by 12.00 pm on Friday 22 November 2019 ensuring you have provided clear contact details for referees, including full name, address, telephone number and email details. If you have any queries please contact Lynda Dunning on 02392 824828 or at l.dunning@arkayrtonprimary.org. 

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For some posts, we are receiving large volumes of applications, on these occasions we may close the post early, therefore you are strongly advised to submit your application as soon as  

Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in our academies.  In order to meet this responsibility, we follow a rigorous selection process. This process is outlined here, but can be provided in more detail if requested. All successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.   

Job description:
 Cover Supervisor 

Reports to:             Phase Lead
Salary:    Ark Band 6
Hours:                    33.75 hours per week – Term Time Only  

Key responsibilities
  • To ensure all children are safe and be vigilant in line with the Academy’s Safeguarding Policy 
  • To deliver lessons and sequences of lessons to the highest standard that ensure real learning takes place and pupils make good academic progress 
  • To provide a nurturing classroom and academy environment that helps pupils to develop 
  • To help to maintain discipline across the whole academy 
  • To contribute to the effective working of the academy
  • To participate in educational visits that enhance the curriculum and learning experience for all pupils 
  • Teach engaging and effective lessons that motivate, inspire and improve pupil attainment 
  • Maintain regular and productive communication with pupils, staff and parent/carers, ie, behaviour, progress, pastoral concerns 
  • Direct and supervise support staff assigned to lessons 
  • Implement and adhere to the academies behaviour management policy, ensuring the health and well-being of pupils is maintained at all times 
  • To follow the Academy’s Feedback Policy and provide children with purposeful feedback to ensure progress 
  • To be active in issues of student welfare and support 
  • Undertake other various responsibilities as directed by the line manager or Headteacher
  • Assist in creating materials for curriculum delivery and display boards   
Other support :
  • Support the personal, emotional and social needs of the pupils by developing positive and caring relationships with them and recognising their personal achievements 
  • Supervise pupils at playtime – engage in play and structured activities with them 
  • Maintain pupil and family confidentiality 
  • Attend regular meetings and training, as required       
Person specification:

Qualification Criteria
  • Maths and English GCSE or equivalent at grade C or above 
  • A Level or equivalent Level 3 qualification 
  • Qualified to degree level (desirable) 
  • Right to work in UK.   
  • Experience of establishing successful learning relationships with a variety of pupils at the relevant age
  • Experience of the role of a Cover Supervisor and in particular classroom organisation and management 
  • Experience of delivering class planning 
  • Experience of working with children with challenging behaviour and a range of social, emotional and mental health needs   


Personal characteristics
  • Genuine passion and a belief in the potential of every child 
  • Helpful, positive, calm and caring nature 
  • Able to establish good working relationships with colleagues 
  • Able to follow instructions accurately but make good judgments and lead when required
  • Able to use positive behaviour management techniques 
  •  Maintain resilience and positivity in challenging circumstances   
Specific skills
  • Good communication skills, including written and oral 
  • Good numeracy and literacy skills 
  • Competent with computers and other technology 
  • Able to understand and implement particular strategies and methods to help pupils to improve their learning and enjoyment of learning 
  • Able to help implement the necessary routines and patterns to establish good behaviour management within the school 
  • Understands the importance of confidentiality and discretion.