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School lunchtime supervisor

Alternative titles for this job include Lunchtime assistant

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

Average salary (a year)


Typical hours (a week)

16 to 18 term time

You could work

between 8am and 6pm

How to become

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How to become School lunchtime supervisor

You can get into this job through:

  • applying directly

Direct Application

You can apply directly to vacancies advertised by schools in your local area.

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Experience of working with children and a first aid qualification could give you an advantage when applying for jobs.

Further information

You can find details of schools in your area from your local council.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • sensitivity and understanding
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • active listening skills
  • customer service skills
  • a desire to help people
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In your day-to-day duties you could:

  • help children cut up their food, if needed
  • encourage good behaviour and table manners
  • supervise children in the playground (or indoors if wet weather)
  • comfort children who are upset
  • deal with minor injuries like cuts, grazes and bruises
  • organise games

Working environment

You could work at a school.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time.

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a senior supervisor.

You could also become a teaching assistant with further training.

Current opportunities

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  • Start date: 24 June 2024
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