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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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Tips on how to prepare your dining space for an ofsted inspection

Posted by Recipe for Change · 8 min read · 0 comments

Creating a seating plan at lunchtime so children know who they are sitting with and where they are sitting will help improve behaviour.

Do you think your children’s behaviour in the dining hall isn’t as good as it is in the classroom? Has it become a corridor to play, where most of them eat as quickly as possible so they can spend more time outside? Does this lead to lost learning minutes in afternoon lessons because teachers are forced to discuss unresolved lunchtime incidents? From September 2015, to support a new Ofsted judgement on personal development, behaviour and welfare, inspectors will “visit the canteen to see the atmosphere and culture in the dining space and the effect this has on pupils’ behaviour”. So it’s important you find solutions to any lunchtime issues. Here are a few top tips on how to improve your school canteen and ensure your behaviour policy is consistently applied and implemented at lunchtime.
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