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The Hidden Benefits of Revamping School Lunchtimes

While the advantages of improving school lunchtimes may not always be immediately obvious, many hidden benefits await those who embark on this journey. Beyond simply satisfying hunger, these transformations can create a more nourishing environment and profoundly impact the school community.

Often, having worked with a school and embedded the Better Lunchtimes Project, leaders tell us that pupils' behaviour has improved whilst pupils' mental health and staff morale and community engagement increases! The positive effects ripple throughout the school environment and last for generations. In addressing the dining experience, ensuring pupils have ‘protected time’ to enjoy their lunch, we’ve consistently found that - indirectly - unhealthy packed lunches drop also. Children often report that they enjoy being able to sit with their peers and enjoy having organised variety on the playground -thus reducing feelings of anxiety for pupils and improving behaviour.









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