What does a pupil guide do?

Find out what a pupil guide does, and why the role is so important as well as how you can find work in this role near you.

What is a pupil guide?

“Bus” in Makaton

A pupil guide is a person who accompanies children with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) on their way to and from school on transport supplied by the local authority.

What do you need to be a pupil guide?

Reliability – SEND children can often be very sensitive to changes to their routine, so pupil guides should be people who can commit to the role on a regular basis.


A supportive nature – when children find the transition from home to school difficult, they may become upset or need additional support during the journey. This is where you can really shine as a pupil guide. Your role isn’t to simply sit on a bus and keep an eye on the children, you’ll need to speak to them in a calm and friendly manner, and help to ease the transition to and from school.


Knowledge of SEND – you don’t need to be an expert in SEND, but some knowledge or experience of working with individuals who have special educational needs or disabilities would be helpful.


Non-verbal communication skills – some children with SEND may struggle to communicate verbally. Therefore, if you know some Makaton or PECs, this could be very helpful. You don’t need to be fluent, but a few useful phrases could come in very handy! (We run an introduction to non-verbal communication course, so can help you with this!)


Good general communication skills – you’ll act as a vital link to parents on their child’s health, wellbeing, welfare and education, so good communication skills and a relatively confident personality are very useful in this role.

What are the hours?

You will usually be working between 7-10 am and 2.30-5.30 pm, which means the role could fit around other commitments and is great for those who can only do a few hours work per day.

How can I get a job as a pupil guide?

At Axcis, we work closely with local authorities to provide SEND teaching and support staff, so by registering with us, you’ll have access to our latest vacancies, which include roles as pupil guides. However, if you’d like to chat with your local consultant first to find out more, why not get in touch with your nearest Axcis office today and find out how we can help you with your search for work?

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