Lunchtime roles, which are most often found in primary schools, are crucial to the effective functioning of a school.
An effective lunchtime is essential if the first lesson of the afternoon is to be productive. Children need to have recharged their batteries both in terms of eating their lunch and also letting off steam after the efforts of the morning. Lunchtime Supervisory Assistants supervise pupils over this important period of the school day, engaging with pupils to ensure they have an enjoyable break. This will also involve dealing with behaviour and welfare issues as they arise in the dinner hall and playground.
These roles are normally term time only which can be an attraction.
Routes into these roles
Lunchtime supervisors need to be good team workers, flexible, able to communicate with adults and children alike and enjoy working in a school environment. There are not normally any formal qualification and experience requirements although experience of working with children might be useful. Supervisory Assistants seeking career development, often move into classroom support roles.
If you are unsure of the level of post being offered, or your suitability for it, most schools would be very happy for you to telephone them to discuss the vacancy prior to applying.