Out to lunch
Pupils ‘should supervise lunches’-Life & Style-Education-TimesOnline
Older pupils should become paid dinner supervisors in school canteens and lunch-times should be made longer not shorter, a Government-funded report advises today.
The School Food Trust, the quango in charge of improving the standard of school meals, suggests that lengthening the daily lunch break would allow pupils to relax, eat properly and recuperate for the afternoon’s lessons. It also says that teachers should sit among pupils and communicate using coloured cards.
How about a more radical idea? - teachers actually talking to their pupils rather than waving cards at them, and instead of them hiding in the staffroom while the school bullies operate the lunch money protection racket actually sit down at tables with the kids and show them by example how to be civilised at a meal time - though probably many teachers would need remedial education in this themselves first.