The Better Lunchtimes Mark

Our Hugely successful programme

At School Health UK we believe every child deserves to have the best lunchtime experience, as it is a fundamental part of the whole school day. Our Better Lunchtimes Mark programme achieves this by optimising all aspects of lunchtime, enabling children and staff to be their calmest, happiest and most proactive selves during healthy and efficient lunchtimes. 

Every lunchtime and every school are unique, but there are common areas of lunchtimes that are often overlooked, and by addressing these areas we can directly achieve significant improvements to children’s experiences and positively influence healthy habits and social skills.


The Components of a Better Lunchtime:


Pupils & Staff enjoy lunchtime

Increased take up of healthy school meals

A smoother running lunch service 

Healthier, more nutritious lunch boxes

Organised, active playgrounds

Confident, happier & more motivated staff

Calm & happy pupils

A whole school approach to health

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Better Lunchtimes Mark 

We offer three different programmes



One School Visit

If you opt for our Bronze Better Lunchtimes Mark programme, a member of the SHUK team will visit your school to conduct our comprehensive consultation audit exploring all aspects of lunchtimes, including (but not limited to): the whole experience, healthy eating and catering, the dining space, and the outdoor space.

We’ll speak to pupils and staff to investigate concerns and anxieties, observe the confidence and understanding of undertaking key lunchtime roles, and ensure the outdoor provision is organised in the most efficient and enjoyable way possible.

Upon completing our lunchtime audit, we will have a debrief with you – providing verbal feedback and discussing key actions that can be implemented at your school based on the observations made.

All of this will be collated into your Better Lunchtimes Mark Report, which will be provided alongside resources, action plans, mapping, and a checklist to enable you and your team to independently implement changes and make the most of your lunchtimes.



Two School Visits

Our Silver programme builds upon this, offering you support in implementing the actions provided on your report.

The second visit to your school enables us to work closely with the lunch team, supporting and leading them on embedding the changes.

We will meet with a newly formed Better Lunchtimes Review Committee – representing all key parties related to lunchtimes including SLT, midday supervisors, and caterers – to discuss and plan progress. This proactive approach to implementing lunchtime changes will ensure any questions or barriers are resolved during this visit, leaving staff more confident and clear in their roles – empowering them to establish a better lunchtime experience for your school.

Of course, if you decide you would like additional support following this visit we can book extra dates into the diary to further assist your lunchtime team. 

Once a Better Lunchtime is successfully embedded at your school, we'll award you with our Better Lunchtimes Kite Mark. 

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Four Days of Practical support & Training

Our Gold programme is our most popular programme, offering the most comprehensive and effective support in enabling a better lunchtime.

Following your initial audit, we'll have a debrief to reflect on lunchtimes and discuss actions going forward. We'll collate all actions into a plan prior to working with your team to implement changes. 

Your team will then receive two days of practical and hands-on support to ensure staff are confident in embedding a Better Lunchtime.

Each day, we'll meet with all present midday supervisors to debrief with them – hear their thoughts, resolve their barriers, and ensure they are empowered and confident in embedding all changes going forward.

By day two of supporting the implementation of a better lunchtime, your staff will be confident in their roles, with changes refined and will have clear actions outlined going forward for final changes.

Day four will allows for the re-audit to evaluate the successes you have had in embedding a new lunchtime experience. Giving your staff some time to adapt to the new way of working, we'll revisit, reaudit the changes and issue you with the Better Lunchtimes Kite Mark Mark.

'We bring together decades of experience to ensure that your school has everything you need for a better lunchtime'


What to expect from the Better Lunchtimes Mark programme:

We'll Listen to your concerns 

First, we listen to your concerns & focus on the key areas you have highlighted.

Observing your lunchtime

We'll then evaluate each and every component of lunchtime, ensuring we have absorbed the whole experience.

The Debrief & Report

We'll then debrief you with our findings prior to collating a comprehensive report with action plans and resources, prior to supporting you with developments.


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What others have said! 


"Our Lunchtimes are so much better now. Children are enjoying sitting in a calm lunch hall and the playgrounds are organised!"

Oaklands Primary

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“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.”

Freegrounds Infant School


“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!”

Hanley St lukes