4 Ways you can immediately make lunchtimes better (Part 1 of 4)

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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?

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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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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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