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School Lunchtime Supervisor Profile


This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a School Lunchtime Supervisor. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a School Lunchtime Supervisor
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful School Lunchtime Supervisor Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Lunchtime supervisors work in primary, secondary and special schools. They are responsible for the security, safety and good conduct of pupils during the midday break.

Duties include the supervision of pupils in the dining hall, playground and school premises, including the toilets and cloakrooms. At mealtimes supervisors may have to help some children cut up their food as well as providing some social training for the children in terms of good table manners. They deal with children who misbehave, caution them and ensure the maintenance of good order. They ensure that children do not leave the school premises without the knowledge of the headteacher or the permission of the children's parents. They need to know the layout of the school both internally and externally, and be aware of site entrances and exits, boundaries and access points for vehicles.

Supervisors may need to provide basic first aid and must also be able to deal with emergency situations such as fire drills. They may have to contact parents and make arrangements for sick or injured children to be escorted home or to hospital.

Hours and Environment

Work as a lunchtime supervisor is part-time, daily between 12 noon and 1.30pm. It usually takes up less than ten hours a week. Supervisors are only employed during term time and there is no work during holidays when the school is closed.

The work involves a lot of standing up and walking, both inside the school and outdoors in the playground. They may be outdoors during cold weather.

Skills and Interests

To be a school lunchtime supervisor you should:

  • enjoy working with children and be able to control and supervise them
  • be patient, sympathetic and remain calm in an emergency
  • have good communication skills
  • be reasonably fit
  • be able to work as part of a team.


You do not need any set qualifications for this type of work. Experience with children is useful and you would normally need to be at least 18. The work can be particularly suitable for parents with school-age children. It would be useful to have basic first aid skills.

You will have your background checked by the police; certain criminal convictions will mean you will not be accepted for this work. You will also need to pass medical checks.


You are likely to receive on-the-job training from your employer. This can include areas such as first aid and how to recognise signs of problem behaviour such as alcohol and drug abuse. You will also be informed of the school rules. Some employers also offer training in how to manage the behaviour of children or how to encourage play.


Lunchtime supervisors are employed at schools all over the country either directly by a headteacher or by the local education authority. Parents, or individuals known to staff at the school, may be asked whether they wish to become supervisors. There is often a lot of competition for jobs.

In larger schools there is the opportunity to progress to senior supervisor level or it may be possible to become a teaching assistant.

Further information

Vacancies will be advertised in local newspapers and jobcentres. Local councils may also publish lists of vacancies.

Figures are intended as a guideline only.

School lunchtime supervisors usually earn between £4.50 to £5.50 an hour.
Senior lunchtime supervisors may earn between £6.00 and £8.00 an hour.

Other Useful School Lunchtime Supervisor Work Information

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