We believe that socialising at mealtimes is an important way for young
people to make new friends, to improve their communication skills and to
develop good table manners.
Within a school environment, an unstructured lunchtime, where children feel rushed and don’t get the chance to sit with their friends, can have a detrimental impact on their safety and behaviour. This can lead to vulnerable children being excluded, not wanting to eat their dinner and becoming distracted in afternoon lessons.
Recipe for Change helps preserve these valuable social occasions and creates a restaurant style lunchtime for schools that help improve safety and behaviour as well as motivating young people to sit and eat together.
"Staff have more time to engage with the children."
"It's inclusive, no one is left out."
"No more rushing in or sneaking in to get early lunch."
"Children get to socialise with their friends."