Nathan Atkinson

The secret of better outcomes revealed: serving pupils junk food

It may have been rubbished by many people, but food that some deem unsuitable for consumption can help build trust with families and improve attainment when served for breakfast, finds Nathan Atkinson

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At our school, children eat rubbish for breakfast. It is rubbish that we as a school provide and rubbish that we believe is highly educational, as well as nutritious. And we are hoping to persuade more and more schools to follow our lead.

Before you put a call in to Ofsted, let me explain. At Richmond Hill Primary School, we identified hunger as being a major barrier to learning and believe this has a negative effect on the outcomes achieved by children.

While universal free school meals for children in Reception and key stage 1 has been a positive intervention in tackling the challenge of ...

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