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What makes a good Lunchtime Supervisor?

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Lunchtime Supervisors from Sir Henry Fermor School, Crowborough.

Lunchtime is when large numbers of children let off steam. When there’s lots of food to be served and eaten in a very short time and playing on a crowded tarmac surface, there’s often fallings out, fallings over and accidental collisions. So what should Lunchtime Supervisors do to manage this stressful scenario, ensure incidents are de-escalated and avoid school leaders spending management time sorting them out in the afternoon? Here’s what makes a good Lunchtime Supervisor using the evidence based strategies I have developed over the last 12 years.
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Positive behaviour training that improves midday supervisor engagement with children

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If your school is losing learning minutes in afternoon lessons because children are talking about unresolved lunchtime incidents and your Midday Supervisors (MDSAs) are struggling to manage challenging behaviour then our Midday Supervisor training can help.
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Ways to make sure infant free school meals serves up value for money. Part 4 of 4

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Readiness for learning will improve if behaviour polices are consistently applied at lunchtime.

My final blog in this four part series on how to make UIFSM value for money, is about how Midday Supervisors engage with the children and how they manage behaviour at lunchtime. What they say and how they say it is a key factor in whether or not children will eat their dinner. If it’s not done right all the solutions I proposed in my earlier blogs just won’t work properly.
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Ways to make sure infant free school meals serves up value for money. Part 3 of 4

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Good caterers help create lunchtime systems designed for children, not adults.

I have talked in my first two blogs about getting the dining room right and engaging with parents. This blog is all about working with caterers. The vast majority do an excellent job and are extremely good at providing healthy and tasty school meals which are child friendly and comply with the school food standards. However, it’s the working relationship that they have with the school and how they communicate with the children which determines whether or not the UIFSM policy will become successful.
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Ways to make sure infant free school meals serves up value for money. Part 2 of 4

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A recent survey suggests that 95% of parents of the children taking up infant free school meals are recognising the benefits.

In the first blog in this series, I talked about getting the dining room right. But lots of schools have already adopted some of the best practice principles I proposed and uptake still remains very low. Consequently many pupils aren’t benefiting from the policy. This second blog looks at parent engagement and what schools can do to improve uptake.
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Ways to make sure infant free school meals serves up value for money. Part 1 of 4

Posted by Paul Aagaard · 4 min read · 1 comment

Restaurant style lunchtimes help improve readiness to learn.

There have already been reports that the Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) policy could be scrapped by George Osborne as part of his spending review in November. If the policy does have such a positive impact on pupil progress and helps ensure less children end up being obese, then you could argue it is money well spent. In the first of a four part series I have identified four key problems that schools face which, if they aren’t tackled, will mean this won’t become a value for money policy. This first part of this series is all about getting the dining room right.
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