Generally we tend to think that the canteen is a space about which not much can be done.
concept that extra students could be fitted in, and that in doing this we would actually reduce behavioural problems, (as opposed to aggravating them) by having more students in one place could come as a surprise.
But this can indeed be the case.
Most school canteens were set up some years ago, and very few have had anyone look at the area from the point of view that
the impact the layout of tables and chairs, and a designed ambience has on behaviour.
Similarly it is unusual to find a school in which thought has been given as to how the number of students who can be catered for at one go, can be increased.
Yet this can follow
when the tables and chairs in a canteen are replaced – (and perhaps one should note that once the furniture in a school canteen reaches ten years of age, it is ready for replacement).
There are other bonuses that accrue when tables and chairs in the canteen are replaced. These include the provision of furniture that does not chip, items that are 100% stackable, moveable and light, cleaner modern surfaces; and the provision of a separate quiet area for staff and senior students, if
All of this means that, aside from the benefits of better behaviour, and a faster turnaround of students, when you come to show parents around the school, the canteen becomes one of the “must see” parts of the school.
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