Following our Better Lunchtimes Mark programme:
100% of schools have seen an increase in school meal take-up, averaging at 12% more pupils now eating school meals
100% of schools have reported an improvement of behaviour related to lunchtimes
100% of schools have reported that lunchtime staff are more proactive
100% of schools who implemented our guidance have seen an improved quality of packed lunches
Nikki – Headteacher at Freegrounds Infant School, Southampton
The biggest change we have seen at lunchtimes is through the feedback from pupils and parents. They tell us that they now love lunchtimes, the opportunity to have responsibility through being a Lunchtime Monitor and the family dining experience in the hall. Parents tell us that their children talk enthusiastically about lunchtimes and some children who had never tried the school lunch option before are now regularly eating school dinners. It has involved a lot of work but the whole experience has been a huge success.
Julie – HSL Primary School, Stoke-on-Trent
Brilliant use of money which has transformed how we work in a very tangible way and all our children have benefited and the staff are so proud of what they have achieved together. I love showing people what we’ve done!
Sophie – Thorpe Primary School, Surrey
It has been a very positive experience. The Better Lunchtime Audit was a great launch for our healthy eating campaign. We are delighted with the impact that the recommendations have had on our school community.
Nathan – Deputy Head Teacher, ST Andrews Primary and Nursery – Nottingham
Almost all our lunchtime issues have now been resolved. Children enjoy lunchtimes a lot more, they have a wide range of choice, sandwiches and school dinners always eat together and everyone eats in the main School Hall (which has now been named as the ‘Connect Restaurant’). First aid incidents have reduced and children are all playing together in the different zones, rather than being separated by age. There are clear playground RESPECT rules, which are used by staff and midday supervisors, and midday supervisors also use green and red slips to help manage lunchtime behaviour.
Lindsay – Redwell Primary School – Northamptonshire
We have had an extremely positive experience working with School Health UK and
cannot recommend this process enough to other schools who need some support in this area. We have improved the values around lunchtime and children now say they enjoy their lunch time experience. There has definitely been an improvement in behaviour due to children sitting quietly until prayer is said and the noise level is a lot lower than before the plan was implemented.
We thank Paul for his patience and persistence, we got there in the end!
Alison – Head Teacher – Compton Primary School
It has been useful working with School Health UK. We knew we wanted to make changes and having an external audit supported us to make the initial changes and as staff saw the impact of small changes, this inspired them to take ownership and implement their own ideas! Staff are much more proactive in their work with the children and lunchtime behaviour incidents are very, very rare!