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8 ways to make school lunchtimes better

Posted by Paul Aagaard · 12 min read · 76 comments

When we give Midday Supervisors an opportunity to have their say during our positive behavour training sessions they often tell us that lunchtimes are chaotic and children feel rushed so they throw most of their school lunch in the bin. In secondary schools it seems to get even worse. Young people complain that the eating spaces are anti-social and the act of sharing food is a daily challenge to be negotiated rather than enjoyed. This blog summarises our 8 ways to improve lunchtime provision, all of which have been adopted by some of the schools we work with so we know they are doable and effective.
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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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