January 17, 2022, 4:10

    Primary school bans kids from eating pudding at lunch as it ‘impacts their education’

    Primary school bans kids from eating pudding at lunch as it ‘impacts their education’

    Children at a primary school in east London will no longer be able to enjoy lunchtime puddings, as staff believe the sweet treats are 'impacting their education'.

    Scott Wilkie Primary School in Newham has banned stodgy puddings after raising concerns that 'sugar crash' is leaving their pupils "tired and irritable" in the afternoon.

    The school will instead use the money previously spent on dessert to provide kids with a healthy morning snack, such as fruit bowls, yoghurts and cereal bars.

    Executive headteacher, Keri Edge, said that removing the pudding from lunchtime means pupils will be more engaged with learning.

    She 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 of Scott Wilkie Primary School
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    "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 lunchtime meal then we are generally not good for too much in the afternoon. For children, it is even more pronounced."

    Stodgy puddings will no longer be allowed at lunchtime (stock photo)
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    She continued to explain: "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."

    Some parents initially raised concerns about the decision to ban pudding, but have since moved to back the scheme after noticing an improvement in their children's engagement.

    Ms Edge added: "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 weekday is just not good for you, if you are a child or an adult."

    Scott Wilkie is among the best in the country with progress scores in core subjects, such as reading, writing and maths way above the national average.

    But this isn't the first time the school, which is part of the Agate Momentum Trust, has hit headlines.

    They also caused a stir last month when they announced they had extended the school day for an hour to help children catch up after Covid.

    What do you think of the pudding ban? Let us know in the comments below.

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