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Supervision of Pupils

The School Library Association believes that:

  • library staff should work with and supervise students in specific adherence to all of the policies of the school affecting any issues of supervision and of Health and Safety
  • the job descriptions of library staff should include recognition of such supervisory responsibilities as are essential to the management and function of the library
  • this should be determined in consultation with the Senior Management Team, the Librarian’s line manager and Health and Safety representative and should pay particular regard to matters of space, visual control, furnishing and equipment that are unique to the library
  • new developments and any revision or extension of library functions will always require a revisionary look at supervisory needs

Library activities vary but at all times library staff should only work with and supervise no more than the number of students for whom they can provide a safe working environment and a positive library and study experience for their users.

February 2016

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