Don’t worry, Aspire People is here to help and advise you. We’ve put together a quick 2
minute blog to put you mind at ease on how to take the next step to get onto a
You now have a year to gain vital experience for your next application. A lot of teachers have
not been accepted with their first application onto an ITT but still go on to
One of the main reasons students don’t get accepted onto ITT courses is because of a lack of
experience. At Aspire People we can help you with gaining some teaching
experience. You can work as a Cover Supervisor (unqualified teacher) in schools
across the Midlands.
What Is a Cover Supervisor’s Role?
A cover supervisor is an unqualified teacher that covers a lesson and supervises the
class. All lessons are already planned for you by the teacher, all you need to
do is go by the lesson plan and ensure the pupils are on track.
As a cover supervisor you will get paid, whilst gaining valuable experience to apply for
your initial teacher training course.
How could Aspire People Help You?
Aspire People have worked with a lot of students that have just recently graduated and are
interested in becoming a qualified teacher but might not have the experience to
get onto a course.
We regularly attend university events across the Midlands and help graduates take that next step in
becoming a qualified teacher. This means Aspire
People are best placed to help you take your career to the next level. We are
the only agency in the Midlands that truly specialise in supporting
Cover Supervisors and developing their careers.
How Aspire People Helped Vincent, a Cover Supervisor Who Became a Teacher
Vincent first came to Aspire People with a few weeks experience working in schools but a huge
enthusiasm for becoming a teacher. He started his career in business, having
owned his own company. He always wanted to go in to teaching but as he was
later on in his career wasn’t sure how. By chance he responded to one of Aspire
People’s adverts about professionals in other industries moving in to teaching.
Vincent was employed because of his infectious and tenacious personality, which
his consultant knew would be perfect in schools. He worked as a Cover
Supervisor for a year doing full time day-to-day supply in schools local to
where he lived. Vincent did so well that he was offered a longer term
assignment for a few terms in a school. The following year he approached Aspire
People about doing his initial teacher training. His consultant encouraged and
support Vincent through his application, even offering a reference on letter
headed paper. After qualifying he came back to Aspire People for work and we
managed to place him in a school where he could start his induction year. Now
Vincent is a fully qualified teacher working in a challenging school in
He says: “Having started as a cover supervisor, Aspire People actively encouraged me to
qualify as a teacher and advised me which course to choose. After gaining
my PGCE, I had no hesitation in working with them again as I knew there
would be regular work and I would be treated professionally. Over the last
three years I have been made to feel part of the team and have always felt supported
through any difficult times I have had whilst working in education.”
If you are interested in taking that next step on becoming a qualified teacher take a look at our
information on teaching routes to guide you through
the next stages. If you want to work with Aspire People to gain experience as a
cover supervisor please get in touch with us.