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5 Ways schools can help improve children's mental health at lunchtime

Posted by Paul Aagaard · 6 min read · 0 comments

Many schools are very good at supporting children’s mental health. The Department for Education report entitled ‘Mental health and behaviour in schools' highlights the effectiveness of a good PSHE curriculum, the success of school-based counselling and peer mentoring. But at lunchtime and breaktimes children’s mental health suffers because the environment is often hostile and scary and in complete contrast to the classroom which is usually very nurturing and calm.
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4 Ways you can immediately make lunchtimes better (Part 4 of 4)

Posted by Paul Aagaard · 3 min read · 0 comments

This fourth and final blog, in my 4-part series, focuses on how to create an inclusive and nurturing playground that meets the individual play needs of each child.
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4 ways you can immediately make lunchtimes better (Part 3 of 4)

Posted by Paul Aagaard · 4 min read · 0 comments

This third blog, in my 4-part series, focuses on how to create a restaurant style dining room that motivates children to eat together and eat better.
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4 ways you can immediately make lunchtimes better (Part 2 of 4)

Posted by Paul Aagaard · 2 min read · 0 comments

This second blog, in my 4-part series, focuses on behaviour expectations and identifies how you can make sure your behaviour policy is effectively implemented at lunchtime.
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4 Ways you can immediately make lunchtimes better (Part 1 of 4)

Posted by Paul Aagaard · 3 min read · 0 comments

Recipe for Change have developed an evidence based lunchtime improvement programme that adopts a whole school approach. It focuses on four key success criteria. 1. Behaviour expectations at lunchtime. 2. Supervisor and catering staff engagement. 3. Dining room provision. 4. Playground provision. This blog looks at how to improve Supervisor engagement.
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What makes a good Lunchtime Supervisor?

Posted by Paul Aagaard · 8 min read · 2 comments

Lunchtime Supervisors from Sir Henry Fermor School, Crowborough.

Large numbers of children ‘letting off steam’ at lunchtime, lots of food to be served and eaten in a very short time and children running around in an outside space which is not meeting their individual play needs will all too often lead to fallings out, avoidable bumps and scrapes, boredom and poor digestion. So what can Lunchtime Supervisors do to manage this stressful scenario, ensure undesired incidents are reduced and avoid teachers and school leaders spending precious time sorting disputes out during the afternoon, when the children should all be back in ‘learning mode’?
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