Already work is being set by teachers and supervised by cover supervisors in their absence. Although this is intended as a temporary measure, more and more this is happening for increasing lengths of time.
What if this set up reached a conclusion, whereby teachers did all the planning, and only that, and cover supervisors supervised all the work all the time. Lessons could be delivered using online methods, such as webinars, video and web pages and cover supervisors simply ensure that students are on task.
Work could be submitted online and be marked and returned digitally by teachers, remotely. Reports would be very easy to generate, as would keeping track of work that has not been completed.
Ministers and senior managers would be very happy as they would save a lot of money. There would be more consistency in terms of what is being learned. Behaviour would be simpler to manage: the only expectation is that you sit at a computer and complete the work set.
What do you think?