Bouncers and former military personnel are being hired by schools as “crowd control” to cover classes for teachers.
In one case, a state secondary school in the Midlands approached an agency which employed bouncers to take two doormen on to their staff. They were given full-time jobs as “cover supervisors” – standing in for teachers who are sick, on maternity leave or on courses.
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Teachers at the National Union of Teachers’ annual conference in Cardiff warned yesterday that too many heads were using untrained staff to take lessons. They voted to demand that every class should have a qualified teacher.
Andrew Baisley, a maths teacher from Camden, north London, said: “The idea is more about crowd control… than education. If you’re stern and loud, that’s all that’s necessary.”
He added: “I have nothing against a bouncer wanting to become a teacher and training for the job, but if you want to be a teacher you need training to work with children.”