How to use this exemplar to improve practice?
This exemplar may provide schools and local authorities or other interested groups with ideas for promoting healthy eating and encouraging positive relationships. It will also support schools who are keen to develop their approaches to family engagement.
After reading the exemplar, discussion using the improvement questions may help schools to reflect on their current approaches to food health, nurture and family engagement and generate ideas for improvement.
- How well do we ensure that all children feel safe, healthy, achieving, nurtured, active respected, responsible and included?
- How effectively do we communicate with parents, in an inclusive way, across these key themes?
- What evidence can we use to demonstrate that families are feeling included and that they are participating, achieving and progressing?
- How are we ensuring that our provision is responsive to the needs of all families?
- How well are all families supported in developing strategies which lead to positive relationships, better learning and better behaviour?
PDF file: Healthy lifestyles family breakfast club (66KB)
What was done?
As part of their approach to the Scottish Attainment Challenge, Wishaw Academy Primary School and St Ignatius Primary School have been working closely with their Senior CLD Practitioner to further develop their approaches to nurture. A key part of this work has been ensuring that pupils have the best possible start to the day and are therefore in the best position to learn. This has led to a pilot project which has seen the introduction of a monthly Family Breakfast Club in addition to their existing breakfast club provision.
The schools have been working on developing their approaches to nurture in recognition that children learn best when they feel safe and valued. They were keen to involve families in this work and recognise that for sustainable improvement those nurturing approaches need extended to families and not just the children themselves.
What was the impact?
Since the introduction of the Family Breakfast Club the uptake of school breakfast has increased. Staff have commented on an improvement in relationships between children who attend the breakfast club. For example, older children spending more time engaging with and helping the younger children who attend and a greater sense of community within the group. Parents who have attended the group have provided positive feedback and several, who were unsure about their children attending breakfast club, are now happy for them to attend.