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You can't require teachers employed under the STPCD to supervise lunchbreaks, but you can make your own arrangements for teachers employed under other terms and conditions. Find out about breaktime supervision duties for support staff and rights to rest breaks.

Teachers employed under the STPCD

You can't require them to supervise midday breaks

This applies to all teachers, including senior leaders like the headteacher - see page 50 of the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD).

However, you can ask them to supervise lunchtimes on a voluntary basis, or under a separate contract with the local authority (LA) in return for payment. A representative from the DfE told us this.

You can ask them to supervise other breaktimes, like morning and afternoon breaks

This would count towards a teacher’s directed time, and you'd need to make sure they get a break of ‘reasonable length’, according to a representative from the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL). Read more about teachers' entitlement to breaks here.

Teachers not employed under the STPCD

Teachers are required to carry out supervision duties as part of

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