Breakfast Club / Supporting Healthy Eating
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 3:57PM
Gail McLay

A breakfast club is an excellent way of serving a whole school community. One example of this working well began in a secondary school which already enjoyed a positive relationship local youth-workers and chaplains. As part of regular meetings with senior management they were discussing the needs of pupils. One issue they felt they could commit to helping with was the number of young people coming to school early. They usually came without breakfast and by the time classes started were bored, hungry and unsettled.

So, they looked at the abilities and experience they had and offered an early morning sports and healthy eating club. The sports hall was opened for them, pupils came and played basketball then they sat down and ate a healthy breakfast of fruit, yoghurt and snack bars (funded out of the school's budget) before they went to their first class. This was a time of many interesting conversations!

School staff spoke of how some pupils were more settled as the day began, a clear benefit to the school, and the chaplains and youth workers benefitted by developing stronger relationships with the pupils and staff.

How could you start this yourself?

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