08 September 2011
More Islanders will have a chance to get involved with their local schools next year by working as lunchtime supervisors in States primary and secondary schools.
A recruitment drive aimed primarily at parents and grandparents is being launched this week to find people who can help out for up to 5 hours a week during term time. The lunchtime supervisor’s role includes:
- overseeing the care and welfare of students during the lunch break in the playground and dining areas
- dealing with minor accidents and incidents and keeping records of them
- organising activities for the pupils during wet lunch breaks
Ideally, applicants should have experience in working with children and young people and some knowledge of first aid. Successful candidates will be required to have an enhanced police record check and will have to complete a comprehensive training course before they start work in January 2012.
Head of Human Resources at Education, Sport and Culture, Denise Drieu, said: "Lunchtime supervisors play a very important role in a school, ensuring the pupils are safe and well looked after while they are on school premises. Although we welcome applications from anyone who meets the requirements, we hope this will appeal to members of the community who already have links with their local school and would enjoy what can be a rewarding part-time job."
About 100 lunchtime supervisors are already working in Jersey schools. The extra staff are needed following a change to teachers’ employment terms that means they are no longer required to carry out lunchtime duties.