Staffing ratios and availability: supervising breaks and lunchtimes

Find out about staffing ratios required for break and lunchtimes, including which staff members you can ask to supervise pupils, and what you'll need to think about to help keep pupils safe.

Last reviewed on 5 June 2023
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School types: All · School phases: All
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  1. Who can we ask to supervise breaks?
  2. Determine your staffing ratios
  3. Complete a risk assessment
  4. Restrict areas that are out of view of staff 

Who can we ask to supervise breaks?

Teachers in academies  If you're an academy and your teachers aren't employed under the STPCD, you can make your own arrangements for break or lunchtime supervision. However, an ASCL representative told us it's “custom