School crossing patrol

Lollipop person

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School crossing patrols help children and adults cross the road safely on their way to and from school.

Salary range: Variable

How to become a school crossing patrol

You can get into this work by:

  • applying directly

Direct application

You would usually apply directly to vacancies advertised by local authorities.

There are no set entry qualifications but good communication skills and experience of working with adults and children will be helpful.

More information

Further information

You can find details of vacancies in your area from your local council.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to work on your own
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and requirements

You’ll need to:

Employers will expect you to work without supervision.

You’ll need to have some physical stamina, as you’ll be standing outside for long periods in all types of weather.

You may have to complete a medical questionnaire and take an eyesight test as part of the recruitment process.

What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • deciding when it’s safe to stop traffic
  • using a school crossing patrol sign (lollipop) to give clear signals to drivers and pedestrians
  • helping children and adults to cross the road safely
  • controlling children who are waiting to cross the road
  • operating the hazard lights at or near crossings and reporting any faults
  • reporting to your supervisor or the police when vehicles disobey the patrol
  • completing paperwork on accidents or incidents that happen on duty
  • attending court as a witness to incidents

Working environment

You could work at a school or on the streets.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers.

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could teach and train children and new crossing patrols.

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