The 5 Minute Cover Lesson Plan


Designed to support all teachers with workload; this is a thought-process to help plan cover lessons for planned absences. This download includes the editable template.

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Date Updated: 27th February 2023Date Created: 21st July 2021 SKU: 5 Minute Cover Plan Categories: , Tags: , , , , , ,

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I’ve led whole-school cover for 250 staff, with visiting teachers attending lessons every day of the academic year.

Most teachers have led a cover lesson at one point throughout their career. Sometimes they can be a total disaster, other times are a complete pleasure. Is there something the teacher who is absent from the lesson can do to make this process easier? Some schools do advocate a cover lesson plan template to help manage this.

Note, this is for planned cover.

In this resource, I offer some key ideas to help ensure the process is quick for the person setting cover, whilst also making sure the person leading the lesson has a more meaningful experience that can support the learning and classroom behaviour.


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