School Meal Pilot

 

The new School Meal Plan was based on extensive research conducted within school and nationally. The new dinner provision is supported by the success of the school meal pilot which was conducted in May/June 2014.  The new School Meal Plan provision aims to support parents/carers:

  • to ensure their child is eating healthily throughout the school day

  • to reduce family food costs/bills which will ease pressure on family budgets

  • to educate their child, along with school, about healthy eating and diet

  • to help their child to develop positive eating habits

  • to present your child with opportunities to experience a wide variety of different foods

  • to improve their childs health, attainment and behaviour through better nutrition and socialisation

 

To support the decision making process, in May/June 2014, the school meals pilot was conducted with 7 large working families in school. Children from these families accessed the School Meal Plan over a period of 4 weeks and during this time parents, staff and children completed a daily evaluation which included information relating to:

  • Behaviour

  • Energy

  • Concentration

  • Attitude to Learning

  • Sleep Patterns

  • Eating Habits (at home/in school)

  • Financial cost implications for these families

 

The pilot scheme had phenomenal results and feedback from all parties concerned was extremely positive.

Parents reported:

1. Improved behaviour at home

2. Improved sleeping patterns

3. Better attitudes to homework

4. Reduced food bill costs

5. More time to spend with children at home

6. Improved energy

7. Improved eating habits

 

Children were extremely responsive to the pilot and were positive about the food they ate; they embraced the ‘traditional’ school dinner and thrived on the opportunity to be part of the scheme.

Children reported:

1. Improved behaviour

2. Improvements in concentration

3. Improved energy levels

4. Improved attitudes to learning

5. Feeling happier

6. Sleeping better

7. Enjoying the Meal Plan

8. Excitement when trying the variety of foods

9. More energy for PE

10. Being able to sit & concentrate for longer periods  

 

Staff reported:

1. Improved behaviour

2. Improvements in concentration & energy

3. Improved attitudes to learning

4. Improvements in social skills/communication etc.

5. Enthusiasm from children

6. Improved eating habits

7. Improvements in children’s well-being, attitude in school, self-esteem, emotional state etc.

 

Following the pilot children resumed their usual eating habits and again the same information was collected. Children were disappointed to be taken off the scheme and significant differences in behaviour, energy, eating habits etc. were reported.

 

Pilot Results:

Concentration, Behaviour & Energy Grading whilst accessing Pilot Scheme

 

Pilot Results:

Concentration, Behaviour & Energy Grading whilst NOT accessing Pilot Scheme

 

Pilot Results:

Number of Pupils who showed improvements in Behaviour, Energy & Concentration whilst accessing Pilot Scheme