Roles in schools

Learning Mentor

Learning Mentors work with school and college students and pupils to help them address barriers (and potential barriers) to learning through supportive one-to-one relationships and sometimes small group work.

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Caretaker / Site Manager

Site managers or caretakers play a vital role in schools being responsible for the maintenance and security of school buildings.

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Sports Coach

Sports coaches, assistants, coordinators or instructors help pupils get the most out of sports and PE activities in schools.

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Administrator

Administrators are responsible for providing administrative support for an office or department within a school.

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Finance Officer

Finance officers often act as line managers to accounting or finance assistants and can work across one or more schools with various school staff.

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Examinations Officer

Exams office staff support teaching colleagues and students. This role is sometimes known as exam manager, exam officer or exam administrator.

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Science Technician

Science technicians play a vital role in the provision of high-quality science teaching in schools, from looking after laboratory equipment to helping pupils achieve their potential with one-to-one support.

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Food Technician

School food technicians/ assistants help ensure food technology lessons run smoothly and efficiently.

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Invigilator

Examination invigilators are part of the Exams Office team. The role of the examination invigilator is to ensure that examinations are conducted according to the current JCQ instructions for conducting examinations.

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School Business Manager

School business managers are the senior financial and administrative managers in schools.

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ICT Technician

ICT technicians look after school networks, install, order and maintain software and hardware and provide technical support to teachers and pupils.

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Secretary

School secretaries play a crucial role in the day-to-day life of a school by providing a wide range of administrative support to keep everything running as smoothly as possible.

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Cover Supervisor

Cover supervisors are suitably-trained school staff who supervise pupils carrying out pre-prepared exercises when teaching staff are on short-term absence.

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Librarian

Librarians are responsible for the day-to-day running of the school’s library or resource centre. They acquire, organise and maintain resources that support the learning needs of pupils and the needs of the wider school community.

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Teaching Assistant

Teaching assistants support teachers and help children with their educational and social development, both in and out of the classroom.

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Design & Technology Technician

Design and Technology (D&T) technicians usually work as part of a team with teachers, teaching assistants and other support staff and play a crucial role in supporting and improvement of students’ learning experience.

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School Cook

School cooks provide nutritious, balanced and value-for-money meals to children every lunchtime in term time.

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Lunchtime supervisor

Lunchtime supervisors, sometimes called mid-day supervisors, look after the welfare of children during the lunch break.

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Early Years Teacher/Professional

Early Years Teachers/Professionals work with children from birth to five years and plan, organise and run a wide range of learning and play activities in a safe and supportive setting.

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Parent Support Adviser

Parent Support Advisers work with schools, pupils and families to resolve issues of poor attendance. They overcome barriers to learning to help parents support their children’s learning.

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Cleaner

School cleaners are responsible for maintaining high standards of cleanliness throughout the school.

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Teacher

Teachers are responsible for the education of children at school.

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Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTAs) do all the things that regular teaching assistants do but they have an increased level of responsibility.

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Library Assistant

Library assistants work as part of a team, supporting the day-to-day running of the school libraries or resource centre.

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Early Years Practitioner

Early Years Practitioners are specialists who look after the social and educational development of babies and young children up to the age of five years old.

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Catering Assistant

Catering staff or kitchen assistants help provide nutritious, balanced and value-for-money meals to children every lunchtime under the direction of the head cook or catering manager.

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