Top performing primary school which extended its day to help pupils catch up after Covid now BANS pudding from lunchtime because they say the sugar crash leaves children tired and irritable and impacts their education
A primary school has banned puddings from its lunchtime menu because the sugar crash left children ‘tired and irritable’ in the afternoon.
Scott Wilkie Primary School, in Newham, oos Londen, will now use the money it saves on not offering desserts to give pupils a healthy energy-boosting morning snack, such as fruit bowls, yoghurts and cereal bars.
Keri Edge, executive headteacher at the top performing school, said the move will allow pupils to be more engaged with learning in the afternoon.
The latest move comes months after the school, which is among the best in the country and has progress scores in core subjects above the national average, extended the school day for an hour to help children catch up after inperking.
Ms Edge said: ‘After you leave school, in what other walk of life are you having high sugar puddings after lunch every day? The answer is nowhere.
Keri Edge, executive headteacher at Scott Wilkie Primary School, in east London, said the move will allow pupils to be more engaged with learning in the afternoon
‘Newham has one of the highest levels of obese children in the country and we need to think more carefully about the amount of and kind of food and exercise we are offering our children.
‘Our children use to sit down with their main meal and pudding and while backs were turned would eat the pudding before the main.
‘This has taken away that problem and has given children more time to be outside playing with their friends.
‘Even as adults, if we have a heavy lunch time meal then we are generally not good for too much in the afternoon. For children it is even more pronounced.
‘We found they were tired and irritable in the afternoon because they have had the sweet pudding but then had a huge sugar crash.
‘Naturally this is going to impact on their education, their capacity to learn and retain information and their general enjoyment of school.
‘The money we have saved by not offering puddings has gone on a healthy snack. Every morning our children get something to help get them through until lunch.’
Ms Edge said some parents initially raised concerns about the move but now back the scheme, having noted an improvement in their child’s engagement.
Sy het bygevoeg: ‘We have a very strong relationship with our parents and they trust in our expertise when it comes to educating their children
‘We have a very strong academic track record but we also care deeply about the welfare and wellbeing of our children.
‘Eating sweet puddings every week day is just not good for you, if you are a child or an adult.’
Scott Wilkie is part of the Agate Momentum Trust based in Newham, Oos-Londen.
In 2018-2019, 80 per cent of pupils at the school met the expected standard in reading – the national average is 73 persent.
En 86 per cent of children met the expected requirements in maths – the national average is 79 persent.
Die skool, which has around 420 leerlinge, is also part of the MNP Accredited Schools Programme, which was created to recognise schools that demonstrate exemplary progress.
In 2017, Ofsted reported that the school’s mathematics progress was in the top 20 per cent for at least two years for all pupils.
Progress in reading, writing and mathematics was also above average and in the highest 10 per cent in that same year.
Pupils at Scott Wilkie Primary School (op die foto) will be offered a healthy energy-boosting morning snack
Ms Edge said staff found pupils were ‘tired and irritable’ in the afternoon because they had the sweet pudding but then had a sugar crash. (Voorraadbeeld)
In Oktober, Ms Edge announced the primary school would be extending the school day by an extra hour in an effort to help students catch up amid the pandemic.
She also said pupils in Year 6 would be given additional support to help them prepare for secondary school.
Ms Edge told Die spieël: ‘Without the extra support our children may not have all the necessary skills that they need to be secondary ready.
‘We have had tremendous support from our parents. They understand that this extra hour will make the difference later in their education.’