London school seeks bouncers to ‘cover’ kids

Substitute teachers have to be tough, writes Carolyn Bucior, author of Sub Culture, in the Huffington Post.

A north London school advertised for bouncers, ex-Marines, policemen, firemen, athletes and actors to supervise students when teachers are absent. The key was experience in crowd control.

New teacher contracts were limiting the number of hours that teachers were required to cover for absent colleagues and thus more outsiders were being hired to lead classrooms, U.S. style. In England, a traditional substitute teacher, called a “supply teacher,” possesses teaching credentials and earns as much as a regular teacher per day; this bouncer-filled position, called a “cover supervisor,” required no credentials and paid far less.

A Montana school laid off a music teacher who’d forgotten to renew his credential but offered to hire him back as a substitute for himself.