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Last reviewed on 27 July 2021
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School types: All · School phases: Primary

Read advice on lunchtime supervision requirements, including guidance from the NEU and DfE, and see examples of school policies that cover lunchtime breaks.

Avoid out-of-view areas

There isn't specific guidance on how to supervise primary-aged pupils during break and lunchtime, but it’s best to avoid having any areas that are out of view of supervising staff. Pupils should always be able to quickly find a member of teaching or lunchtime supervision staff in case there’s an incident or emergency,

A representative from the DfE told us this.

They also said that If pupils enter school buildings to use the toilets during break and lunchtimes, staff should regularly check that pupils are not spending a long time in the toilet blocks.

Doors to other parts of the building should be locked to prevent pupils accessing other areas of the school.

Set out your lunchtime supervision arrangements in a policy

This way, parents and staff are aware of how pupils are looked after during breaks.

See example policies further down in this article.

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