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Do you know the law regarding marking the work done with supply teachers when we're away ill? Should it be marked as other pieces? Can we write 'supply' on it?
Generally it's never as good as if done with the class teacher there. But if it's not marked, it perhaps establishes the idea that supply work is not important.
If anyone knows the law and could put a link to it, I'd be grateful. Had a big heated discussion about it at school.
As a supply teacher I am expected to mark all the work done in my care. I also sign it as supply.
You must be primary, Roseangel! As secondary supply, we wouldn't mark
And yes, if the work doesn't get marked, the children see it of lesser importance and therefore don't consider it worth doing.
I usually use planned absense (courses, trips etc) as an opportunity to set work that I can mark and use as an assessment of leaning and understanding. Setting that sort of stuff when you are in the room is a waste of valuable teaching time.
You weren't there when the lesson was taught so I don't think you should mark it.
Cals You must be primary, Roseangel! As secondary supply, we wouldn't mark Cx
I don't think you can presume to speak for all Secondary teachers Cals. I have worked in Secondary for more than 20 years and although I have been fortunate enough not to have had a lot of illness, I certainly have marked any work in their books when I have come back.
katway99 Cals You must be primary, Roseangel! As secondary supply, we wouldn't mark Cx I don't think you can presume to speak for all Secondary teachers Cals. I have worked in Secondary for more than 20 years and although I have been fortunate enough not to have had a lot of illness, I certainly have marked any work in their books when I have come back.
Sorry Cals - have just re-read your post and realise now that you are speaking as a supply teacher. Of course if you are only in for a couple of days you couldn't mark the work, only if you were on long-term supply.
I can see this is an old thread but, if it is still one of interest, I am curious about the question that started it.
It seems the OP is seeking to know who should mark work completed during a cover lesson. As both a parent & a teacher I would expect ANY work given to pupils to contribute, somehow, to them progressing through the syllabus or learning something. In addition, I would expect that, depending on the subject, someone in the school is responsible for the pupils making that progress.
So, getting back to the OP, I would naievley imagine that the teacher responsible for the class would actually want to mark the work, if marking was needed, just to keep track of pupils' progress. As a cover teacher myself, I have sometimes marked work (in my subject) and given the marks to the teacher I covered for - this especially helps in cases of illness or long absences (jury service) since it keeps the pupils on track & progressing.
I can't see any reasons for giving 'unproductive' or 'time filler' cover work.
In some cases, I have traded cover lessons, giving an English teacher the option of setting cover for my class when they would have been doing Physics (there was an English deadline looming if I remember rightly).
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