Sunday, November 15, 2009


I had a great day on Saturday at the Warrington Governors conference. I spoke on behalf of The School Food Trust about the role governors can play in sorting out school lunches.

I was really impressed with the dedication and determination of the governors who turned up. It is a pretty thankless job being a school governor yet up and down the land there are lots of unsung heroes who play a key role in helping schools get their act together.

There was a very impressive speaker from HMI - David Moore who gave a brilliant presentation on community cohesion.

The key message I delivered in my speech can be summed up by the following quote from Henry Ford

"Most people will spend more time and energy in going around problems than in trying to solve them."

Lots of schools spend an enormous amount of time responding to problems based on an inadequate lunch time provision. The time and energy they spend on dealing with behaviour management , policing the lunch break, sorting out problems, dealing with poor concentration in afternoon lessons etc is greater than the time and energy needed to sort out providing a decent lunchtime experience.

However difficult the problems facing your school at lunchtime the School Food Trust has resources to help!