We believe lunchtime should be a positive experience for all children. There should be a happy, lively and relaxed atmosphere. Children should be able to play in safety, secure in the knowledge that bullying and anti social behaviour are not acceptable.

Role of the Midday Supervisor

    • to ensure the health and safety, welfare and good conduct of pupils during the midday break
    • to manage pastoral/disciplinary issues within the structure of the our Midday Supervision and Behaviour Policies
    • to supervise children at all times during the midday break
    • to have the highest expectations and standards in relation to behaviour

Role of the Senior Midday Supervisor

    • to manage midday supervisors within their Key Stage under the line management of our Principal Midday Supervisor
    • to manage pastoral/disciplinary issues referred by midday supervisors within the structure of our Midday Supervision and Behaviour Policies
    • to ensure the safety, welfare and good conduct of pupils during the midday break
    • to manage pastoral/disciplinary issues within the structure of our Midday Supervision and Behaviour Policies
    • to supervise children at all times during the midday break
    • to have the highest expectations and standards in relation to behaviour and to ensure that KS colleagues display the same standards

Role of the Pastoral Manager

  • to liase and work in partnership with all colleagues to promote a culture of tolerance, empathy, high standards and high expectations
  • to liase and work in partnership with the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher, Year Managers and Senior Midday Supervisor in ensuring the school’s Midday Supervision and Behaviour Policies are implemented uniformly, effectively and fairly
  • to work closely in partnership with all colleagues to ensure a model of positive behaviour is uniformly promoted and that all children understand, empathise with and assimilate our school rules
  • to monitor the quality of supervision during the midday break and to work closely with our Principal Midday Supervisor to develop and promote the dinnertime break as a positive, safe, enjoyable experience for all children

Role of the Class Teacher

    • to remind the children of the school’s rules and the standards of behaviour that are expected from the children throughout the lunchtime period
    • to maintain good communication with their class’s midday supervisor and senior supervisor and support the supervisor within the stages outlined in the school’s Midday Supervision and Behaviour PoliciesAll class teachers are invited to volunteer to support midday supervisory colleagues by helping to supervise the first/last 15 minutes of a lunchtime break once every two weeks. This rota is organised and managed by our Pastoral Manager


We expect a high standard of behaviour from all children during the lunch time period.  This high expectation must come from all staff through:

  • displaying a positive, supportive, respectful, fair but firm attitude towards our children at all times
  • expecting all of our children to be polite and respectful
  • allowing no inappropriate behaviour (e.g. play fighting)
  •  being fair to all children and listening to all sides in an argument
  •  supporting children within the behaviour support structure outlined in this policy
  •  upholding the ethos and values of our school

Stages of Behavioural Support

  • All behavioural incidents are recorded in the Midday Supervisors Incident Books. All incidents must then be written up on the Lunch Time Incident Sheet and put in the LunchTime Incident Folder.
  • Class teachers must are told of any incidents involving children in their class. The class teachers and Midday Supervisors should then date and initial the Incident Book.
  • Year Managers read the Incident Book regularly, at least once a week.

These stages of support and action run in conjunction with the stages outlined in our Behaviour Policy.  At each stage of a lunchtime behaviour issue the Senior Supervisor must be involved and the appropriate action taken by Managers as outlined in the Behaviour Policy.

Stage A

The Midday Supervisor addresses the child’s inappropriate behaviour.
The Supervisor talks to the child explaining why their behaviour is unacceptable. The incident is recorded in the Supervisors Incident Book. The child is encouraged to prove that they can behave appropriately.

Stage B
The Midday Supervisor enforces a “Time Out” period.
The child is given a “Time Out” period where they are moved away from friends for up to ten minutes The Supervisor talks to the child and tries to identify the cause of the inappropriate behaviour. The incident is recorded and class teacher informed.

Stage C
The Midday Supervisor refers the situation to the Senior Supervisor.
The Midday Supervisor withdraws the child from the playground and the child is spoken to by the Senior Midday Supervisor. The child is told that if this inappropriate behaviour continues they will be withdrawn from the following playtime. The incident is recorded.

Stage D
The Senior Supervisor refers the situation to the Pastoral Manager. The school and parent agree an Individual Pupil Support Programme for the child in relation to formal targets for improving his/her behaviour during the dinner period.  .

The Senior Supervisor and the Pastoral Manager see the child to discuss the seriousness of the situation. The parent/carer is informed of the child’s behaviour and their support is sought in helping to improve the child’s behaviour. The Year Manager and Headteacher/Deputy Headteacher are informed of the situation. The incident is recorded.

Stage F
The parent is asked to have their child home for dinner for a fixed period.


Any accident that occurs during lunchtime is recorded in the Lunch Time Accident File, and where necessary an accident note is sent home informing the parent/carer of what happened.

Supervisors may record details of the accident in their Incident Books and write up details at the end of the lunchtime period.

All Year Managers read the accident book regularly, at least once a week.

EY/KS1 children who have an accident are sent to the Frist Aid Room

Medical gloves are worn at all times when dealing with any injury.

No creams, medicines or inhalers should be administered by any midday supervisor.


Effective communication is crucial throughout the lunchtime period.  The class teacher informs the Midday Supervisor of any concerns at the beginning of the lunchtime period.  Throughout the lunchtime period, supervisors stay in contact using radios.  At the end of the lunchtime period supervisors must discuss any concerns they have had over the lunchtime with class teachers.

Organisation of Eating

  • All children eating a school dinner do so in the main hall
  •  FS1 and FS2 children eat in the demountable hall
  •  Children eating sandwiches in KS1 and KS2 eat in classrooms


All children are encouraged to regard the lunchtime period as an important part of the school day and the time spent eating as a key social opportunity. We expect them to demonstrate good manners at all times in all areas where food is being eaten.  They should ensure that the area around them is kept tidy, and that any undue mess is cleared up before they leave.

Children are expected to talk quietly amongst themselves as they eat.

If at any point a child wishes to talk to a Midday Supervisor they must raise their hand and wait patiently until the Supervisor can see them.

  •  KS1 Children should ask permission to start their puddings and when they are ready to leave the table.
  •  KS2 Children should ask permission to leave the table.

Movement around the School

Children are always expected to walk as they move around the school.   When a larger group of children are moving around the school, the Midday Supervisor must ensure that the children walk quietly in single file.  The Midday Supervisor should walk at the front of the line, stopping frequently to ensure that children behind are walking appropriately.   On a longer journey around the school, or when the Supervisor is leading a larger group of children, the Supervisor should stop on every corner and wait until all children are appropriately behaved.

Any child who repeatedly disrupts the line should walk with the Midday Supervisor.

Indoor Playtimes

If during the lunch time period the children are unable to go outside due to bad weather, they stay in their class bases where they choose an appropriate activity.  Midday Supervisors stay with their designated class ensuring that children are seated and are taking part in activities quietly.  Children are not left unsupervised in a classroom at any time.

If the children are outside when the weather becomes bad, the Senior Supervisor radios Midday Supervisors to line the children up and take them inside. The children are expected to walk to their lines in silence and in single file walk back to their classrooms.

Advice for Colleagues

  • Be pro-active.
  •  Have high expectations.
  •  Promote a positive attitude.
  •  Be consistent.
  •  Be aware at all times, there are many situations that can occur during the lunchtime period.
  •  Respond to situations appropriately, being fair and giving support to the child. This helps them to develop positive attitudes and behaviour.
  •  Do not judge any situation, listen to all sides and respond fairly.
  •  Use your radios, they are your communication link with colleagues.
  •  Give feedback to other colleagues, as they may have dealt with the same situation during the lunchtime, and this will enable us to pin point any problems.
  •  Use your incident books. Information recorded can be used to help solve situations that may occur later on.
  • Talk through any ideas, worries and problems with your Senior Supervisor,