When working with adults, whether it’s in or out of a school environment, you must be able to respect one another and it is always important to maintain professionalism. You should be able to support other adults such as, Members of staff, professionals who come in to support pupils and Parents in a practical and sensitive manner. There are several levels of support known as ‘PIPE’. This acronym helps us to remember the levels of support we need to provide to other adults.
Practical: Practical support such as helping Supply teachers or new members of staff to find or use equipment and resources is great way of supporting other adults. Informative: There are many ways of providing adults with informative support. A teacher may want your input on a student when writing a school report and may even want you to prepare and write the reports for them. You may be asked to monitor a child if a teacher or member of staff has concerns about them, by keeping a diary of the Childs behavior and the events that have occurred.
When supporting a cover teacher you may have to provide information such as, the way in which certain children are taught, which students are more able and sometimes even students names. Professional: you may be asked to provide professional support, such as lesson planning, supporting a student during council lung or speech therapy and leading a worship. You may even be asked if others can observe your work.
Emotional: By providing support to other adults through day-to-day events can help make everyone’s lives just that little bit easier. Sometimes Children can be extremely disrespectful towards teachers. I often find when children are given cover teachers they think that because their teacher is absent they don’t have to learn. When situations such as this occur you have to help discipline the class as they will get the better of the teacher and in some cases I have witnessed one teacher driven to tears.
By providing extra support to Cover supervisors/teachers such as discipline, and backing them up when a child is in the wrong, can help encourage a class to behave and get on with their work. Whilst working along side other support staff, sometimes you might find that they are emotionally drained. It is always good to support them in any way that you can, whether it’s listening to them or offering to swap classes for the day, just to give them a break if they are finding it difficult supporting certain students.