Job type

School lunchtime supervisor

£6k - £10k

Typical salary

16 – 18

Hours per week

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

More info

  • Work in primary, secondary and special schools, looking after children
  • You'll need the ability to control and supervise children
  • You could become a senior supervisor or a teaching assistant


  • 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


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.

You'll need

This role would be ideal for someone with the ability to control and supervise children, patience and a fair-minded approach, the ability to stay calm in an emergency, and communication skills.

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

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

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


With experience, you could become a senior supervisor. You could also become a teaching assistant.