A school in Kent has introduced bag checks to stop children from bringing unhealthy food and drink to school after noticing a drop in concentration and worsening behaviour.
The Charles Dickens School in Broadstairs, Kent, introduced the policy at the start of term this week after informing parents before Christmas. It comes as the school brought in Independent Catering to provide school meals.
In defence of the policy – which the school claims has the support of the majority of parents and pupils – the school said that it follows the National Healthy Schools Policy and that its new catering provider serves healthy, organic food from locally sourced farmers.
“Before the Christmas break all parents, students and staff were informed that the school would be extending the Healthy Schools Policy further in January 2018 by monitoring carefully what students were bringing into school to eat and drink,” said head of school Mr Morgan. “We had noticed a deterioration in concentration, learning and behaviour particular from students bringing into school large multi-packs of unhealthy food, snacks and drinks.”
Morgan said that already there has been “significant improvement” in student concentration, attitude to learning and improved behaviour.
The move comes as Jamie Oliver announced his latest fight to improve concentration levels and behaviour in schools by calling on the government to ban the sale of energy drinks to children under 16. A survey found that 85% of schools have banned or actively discourage energy drinks, yet children are still bringing them into school.