Lunchtime supervisors are responsible for the welfare of school pupils
Their duties can vary depending on the school, but will typically include:
• supervising pupils in the dining hall and in other parts of
• ensuring pupils do not go into areas 'out of bounds' areas or
off the school premises
• knowing the school regulations and health and safety policy
• dealing with incidents of misbehaviour and reporting problems
to the duty teacher
• being aware of responsibilities under child protection legislation,
and reporting any concerns about children to the head teacher
• assisting with play activities.
Lunchtime supervisors work part time, usually between 12 noon and 1.30pm,
Monday to Friday during term time.
They earn between £1,395 and over £2,043 for working one
and a half hours a day for three 12-week terms.
A school lunchtime supervisor needs to be:
• able to relate well to children and staff
• experienced in dealing with children
• quietly assertive
• able to command respect.
No qualifications are needed to work as a lunchtime supervisor. Experience
of dealing with children is often required.
Employers are schools throughout the UK. Progress is possible to senior
supervisor. Some become teaching assistants.