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School lunchtime supervisor Lunchtime assistant

Lunchtime supervisors work in primary, secondary and special schools, looking after children during the lunch break.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £7.50 to £9.50 an hour average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: Part-time per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements, but you’ll usually need to be at least 18 and have a reasonable level of fitness.

Basic first aid skills and experience of working with children would be helpful.

You’ll need clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • the ability to control and supervise children
  • patience and a fair-minded approach
  • the ability to stay calm in an emergency
  • communication skills

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • helping children cut up their food, if needed
  • encouraging good behaviour and table manners
  • supervising children in the playground (or indoors if wet weather)
  • comforting children who are upset
  • dealing with minor injuries like cuts, grazes and bruises
  • organising games

4. Salary

Starter: £7.50 an hour

Experienced: £9.50 an hour

Senior lunchtime supervisors may earn slightly more.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work between 12 noon and 2pm, Monday to Friday, term time only.

The job can involve a lot of standing and walking, both inside the school and outdoors in the playground, often in cold weather.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a senior supervisor.

You could also become a teaching assistant. 

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Last updated: 13 September 2017