Summary of consultation results:
Thank you to all of you who sent back your responses. A large majority (83.3%) stated that your children didn’t really comment on the healthiness of packed lunches.
While the majority of you (85.7%) felt some guidelines being issued would be good, some of the helpful comments that came back identified that ‘guidance was the key.’ Although a large proportion of respondents (61.9%) welcomed the idea of having rules enforced, there were some compelling arguments for this not to happen including issues around catering for the fussy eater, medical dietary requirements and as one parent put it; “although promoting healthy lunches is great, it is also up to parents to decide what goes in their child’s lunch box.”
The school does not wish to dictate what should/shouldn’t be in lunchboxes however it was suggested that the school should state that some items such as isotonic/energy drinks should be banned as they are proven to have negative detrimental effects on children’s health.
In conclusion, we will implement a policy after Easter (to be adopted by our governors) that gives guidance on what should be included in a healthy lunch box. In the policy we will put a ban on certain products such as isotonic/energy drinks and ask lunchtime supervisors to monitor lunches. Where we feel a child’s lunch consistently contains an unhealthy balance of food, we will contact parents and direct them to our guidance.
Here are our three Diamond Rules. They are:
Following initial consultation we have put together our Draft Behaviour Policy and have introduced a new Rewards and Sanctions system. In the Summer term we will be asking you for your thoughts about this policy.
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