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Rowlands Castle St John's Church of England Controlled Primary School

Lunchtime Play Leader

Closing date: 24/09/2018 at 12:00

Contract/Hours: Permanent , Part-time

Salary Type: Support Staff

Salary Details: Grade A £16,395 - £16,647 pro-rata (Actual annual Salary £2842.68 - £2886.36)

Hours of Work: 11.45 -1.15pm Monday - Friday Term Time Only

Location of Role: Rowlands Castle St John's CEC Primary School

Contact e-mail address: adminoffice@rowlandscastle-st-johns.hants.sch.uk

Job/Person Summary

St. John’s CEC Primary School is looking for an enthusiastic and energetic play leader to engage our children in playing a range of games over our lunch period.

11.45 -1.15pm

We are a popular school, with delightful children, who are exceptionally well-behaved and eager to learn. Our Core Christian Values and Foundations of Learning underpin all areas of school life and our highly committed staff team work hard to ensure that all children achieve well and make good progress.


Our playground is an exciting place for our children to be; adults actively engage them in a wide variety of activities including arts and crafts, tennis, basketball, hockey and skipping!

To put out equipment support activities throughout the lunch hour and place equipment back into the storage container.


We are looking for someone who is:


Extra information for your knowledge:


Involving the Midday assistants

The lunchtime supervisors have been given the opportunity to be trained in organising the Playground Leaders. Experience shows that the schools where this has occurred report that their supervisors feel part of the scheme and are therefore more likely to get involved in organising activities. Pupils also feel confident about approaching them to discuss new ideas or problems. Another approach is to appoint one midday assistant who is in charge of the leaders on the playground and they can give the leaders support and immediate feedback. The midday assistant can then report any potential problems to the Primary Link Teacher.


Handing out Equipment

Storage space can be at a premium but where possible if equipment for each game can be stored in a separate basket then the PGLs can get it out onto the yard much quicker. It means that the PGLs know exactly what equipment they are responsible for and they find collecting equipment back in much easier. The rules of the game and a copy of the STEP sheet can also be kept in the basket as a gentle reminder to the PGLs. Some schools have involved the student council and the PGLs in the ordering of the playground equipment and this has helped to develop a sense of ownership of the equipment.


Controlling Behaviour

Whenever children are playing there are the inevitable squabbles and falling out or some children just disrupt the game. The leaders need to have a very clear structure in terms of what to do when children are misbehaving and when they need to go and ask for support from either a midday assistant or a teacher.


Playground Leaders Record Book

Some teachers have encouraged the PGLs to keep a record book which can be amended to include information on such things as:- a log of the games they have played; identify the games that certain classes enjoyed; how many children took part in the games; how active the games were; names of children or classes who played well together; list of equipment that was lost or needs replacing etc.


Application Procedure

Application Procedure

Visits to the school are welcome, and can be arranged via the school office. 

Please contact the school office if you require any further information, or to request an application pack.  Tel: 02392 412095 - email v.garne@rowlandscastle-st-johns.hants.sch.uk

Safer Recruitment

Rowlands Castle St John's Church of England Controlled Primary School and Hampshire County Council are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks along with other relevant employment checks.

About us

Address: Whichers Gate Road, Rowland's Castle, Hampshire, PO9 6BB

Telephone: 023 9241 2095

Website: www.rowlandscastle.hants.sch.uk

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