Little Common Primary School

The issues

For many years at Little Common Primary School, packed lunch eaters had eaten their lunch in the classroom. This was causing a number of problems including:

Our solution

Friendship groups were created to allow packed lunch eaters to sit with school meal eaters.

Consultations were conducted with Midday Supervisors, kitchen staff, teachers, pupils, parents and governors to discuss their views and opinions on lunchtime. Based on these consultations the following action plan was agreed and implemented in June 2012.

  1. All packed lunch eaters now eat in the dining room with school meal eaters so they can eat with their friends.
  2. Children sit in friendship groups as part of four staggered set sittings so everyone knows who they are sitting with, at what time and for how long.
  3. The in-house catering team have made provision for two cash tills to support any increase in school meal uptake.
  4. Each year group comes into the hall at different times to ensure that children never have to queue for more than 5 minutes to get their school dinner.

Outcomes

Norma Nattress, MDSA at Little Common Primary, explains how the school benefited from our lunchtime improvement programme.
Susie Freeman, School Cook at Little Common Primary, explains how the school benefited from our lunchtime improvement programme.

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