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Cover Supervisor (Primary)

Birmingham City Council
Ark Kings Academy Shannon Road Birmingham B38 9DE
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20 Jun 2024

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Start date: 1 September 2024

Salary range: Salary: Ark Support Scale 7, Pay Points 14-24 Outside London, £27,334 to £33,024 pro rata, Actual Salary: £24,164.93 to 29,195.24 Hours per week: 37, Term time only

Ark Kings Academy
Shannon Road
B38 9DE
Telephone number: 0121 459 4451

Contact email:

Contract type: Permanent  

Be part of a truly ‘Good’ school (Ofsted April 2024) now striving to be ‘Outstanding’ with a dedicated staff team.

About the role:
As Cover Supervisor, you will supervise whole classes during the short-term absence of teachers, giving instructions for the lesson and ensuring good order is maintained and all pupils are kept on task. You will be instrumental in our mission to provide every student, regardless of their background, a great education and real choices in life.

To contribute to a workplace culture which has safeguarding and child protection at its heart.

About our school:
We are an all-through school serving the local community with pupils from Nursery - Year 11. Our mission is to create a school in which every child thrives, academically and socially.

Over the past 2 years we have made remarkable progress, moving from an Inadequate Ofsted rating to a Good. This achievement reflects the dedication and hard work of our staff with Ofsted commenting that pupils “understand the high expectations that staff have for them and strive to meet with”. The strengths of our school include:

  • safeguarding: effective in all areas
  • behaviour: our pupils know the school rules of, ‘ready, respectful and safe’ and demonstrate these qualities in their behaviour towards each other and their teachers
  • an ambitious curriculum: our well-sequenced curriculum, spanning early years to Year 11, ensures that all pupils, including those with special educational needs, receive a high-quality education
  • reading strength: our effective teaching strategies empower pupils to become fluent readers, setting them up for success in their academic journey
  • personal development: At Ark Kings Academy, we prioritise personal development, preparing our pupils for their future roles as responsible citizens
  • attendance: Our pupils and parents recognise the importance of high attendance, and at secondary, we sit above the national average

Why work for us?

Joining Ark Kings means becoming part of a network of education experts who are all united by the same purpose - a commitment to making a difference where it matters most. You will have the opportunity to come together with your peers locally, nationally and sometimes even internationally, to share resources, learning and good practice.

You’ll work with colleagues from different subjects, schools and regions, and have the chance to take on network-wide responsibilities such as leading programmes or training.

  • our salaries are 2.5% higher than main pay scale
  • twice the number of training days as standard
  • generous pension scheme – a salary average defined benefit pension scheme, meaning you build up a guaranteed amount in your pension, payable for every year of your retirement
  • access to Ark Rewards – a scheme offering savings from over 3,000 major retailers
  • interest-free loans – up to £5,000 available for season tickets or to buy a bicycle
  • gym discounts – offering up to 40% off your local gym
  • access to the Employee Assistance Programme – providing free, confidential counselling, legal advice and a range of different support services

This post is covered by Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016). Therefore the ability to speak fluent and spoken English is an essential requirement for this role.

How to apply

To apply please visit our website.

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to necessary pre-employment checks, including: an enhanced DBS; Childcare Disqualification (where applicable); qualifications (where applicable); medical fitness; identity and right to work.  All applicants will be required to provide two suitable references. 

Applicants please note: This post is not part of the City Council and the successful candidate will not hold a Birmingham City Council Contract of Employment. Please use the contact details in the advert for information on actual employment conditions.

Rehabilitation of offenders: This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020. Which means that when applying for certain jobs and activities certain spent convictions and cautions are ‘protected’, so they do not need to be disclosed to employers, and if they are disclosed, employers cannot take them into account. Further information about filtering offences can be found in the DBS filtering guide.

An online search will also be carried out as part of due diligence on all short-listed candidates.


Working for Birmingham City Council is more than just a job; it's about making life better for the 1 million plus people who live and work in the city.

We welcome people from diverse and underrepresented communities and encourage applications from, those with caring responsibilities, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, neurodivergent, disabled and LGBT+ people. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, we are committed to promoting and supporting the physical and mental health of all our staff and removing barriers to improve inclusion.   We are making significant strides to understand and continuously improve our employees’ experience and we are committed to implementing progressive diversity talent management.

Information for applicants with a disability

We are a proud Disability Confident Employer.  We encourage applicants to disclose disabilities, so we can support them fully during our recruitment process and make any necessary reasonable adjustments. Please contact: 0121 675 7070 option 3 (lines open between 8.45am to 5.15pm Monday to Friday).

If you require an application in an alternative format, such as Braille or you are unable to complete an application form via WMJOBS, please contact When you have completed your application form this can be returned to or for Braille applications these can be posted to, Recruitment Team, 2nd Floor, 10 Woodcock Street, B7 4BG.

The Council is a fantastic place to work. You will find an organisation that is both challenging and supportive; with a leadership impatiently adventurous in its pursuit of excellence. 

There is a clear vision which is ensuring that the Council is working for communities today and building for tomorrow, we focus our resources on five key priorities:

  • A Prosperous Birmingham: through a focus on inclusive economic growth, tackling unemployment, attracting inward investment, and maximising the benefits of the Commonwealth Games.
  • An Inclusive Birmingham: through a focus on tackling poverty and inequality, empowering citizens, promoting diversity and civic pride, and supporting and enabling all children and young people to thrive.
  • A Safe Birmingham: through a focus on making the city safer, safeguarding vulnerable citizens, increasing affordable housing, and tackling homelessness.
  • A Healthy Birmingham: through a focus on tackling health inequalities, encouraging physical activity and healthy living, supporting mental health, and improving outcomes for adults with disabilities and older people.
  • A Green Birmingham: through a focus on street cleanliness, improving air quality, continuing the route to net zero, and becoming a city of nature.

We see the Council’s role as providing strategic leadership – that’s being able to visualise a new future for the city and equipping others to share our vision. We want to ensure the provision of services for all, so we can support those least able to support themselves by working with partners and putting citizens and neighbourhoods at the heart of our decision-making.

We are always looking for people who put the customer at the centre of their approach, with a commitment to excellence to help us achieve our vision.  We will support you to develop and thrive in your role, building a pathway for long-term success, with lots of development opportunities, such as apprenticeships.

In return, we offer you excellent terms and conditions, generous annual leave, a great pension scheme, well-being support, annual travel passes and discounts at a number of city centre establishments.

Birmingham City Council is a Foundation Living wage employer - known as the Birmingham Living Wage. The Birmingham Living Wage, is determined by the Living Wage Foundation on an annual basis by the Centre of Research in Society Polity at Loughborough University. The current rate can be found at:   

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0121 675 7070
Birmingham City Council
West Midlands
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