Think back to your own childhood for a moment. Those bleak days in school could be enriched with real fun when you realised that you had a supply teacher in for a subject, as you knew that normal rules no longer applied, with the class having the power to crack the poor individual who was now charged to ‘teach’ you.
Indeed, many teachers have reported to us that they avoid calling in sick, because they know that the teaching and behaviour of their pupils will drop in their absence: A primary teacher in Swansea told us, “It is always more work not to go in, so you go into work when you really shouldn’t be there, as you know the supply teacher may create more work.”
[pullquote]Cover lessons are not being evaluated properly[/pullquote]Such experiences have been uncovered in an inquiry which has found that cover lessons are not being evaluated properly in classrooms around Wales. The Welsh assembly public accounts committee launched an inquiry after two reports published last year, reports the BBC. The main points argue that more detailed information should be collected on supply lessons and there should be more support for supply staff.
The report (viewable here) recommends 14 key actions for the Welsh government to explore to help improve educational experiences for pupils when teachers are absent.