Ofsted and Dining Halls – plus our ‘Golden Table of the Week’ Sign Giveaway (competition now finished)

golden table zone sign

We are very excited to launch our new ‘Golden Table of the Week‘ sign! A Golden Table in your dining hall helps everyone remember that you take the Dining Hall Rules seriously and are very happy, each week, to celebrate a group of children who show that they can keep those Rules.

This new sign is one of our outdoor and zone sign range – all tough, colourful and fun. (Made from aluminium composite, the sign is UV protected and will last a lot longer than a normal PVC foam sign.)

The Ofsted Handbook (2015) recommends that “Inspectors must ensure that they…evaluate other aspects of personal development, behaviour and welfare, for example…during lunchtime, including in the dining hall, and break and playtimes…” – so we are keen to help schools calm down their dining halls and polish up their lunchtime systems. Very excitingly, Jenny’s new book “How to Create Calm Dining Halls” is now out – the first book of it’s kind published in the UK. Jenny’s Powerfully Positive Playtimestraining also includes lunchtimes and the dining hall. For information, please phone or email circletime@jennymosley.co.uk.

You can read more about it in our article in Headteacher Update here and in our TES article here. Here is a snippet from the TES article.

“Lay a ‘golden table’

A “golden table of the week” can be set up to reward children who have behaved well in the dining hall. Set it with a golden tablecloth, place mats, plastic golden goblets, flowers, napkins and invite parents, grandparents, staff or just their best friends to join them.

There is something wonderful about watching generations sit round a table eating and talking calmly with each other. Because the table is golden, children’s eyes are drawn to it and they see the meal as an important social function. In many cases it’s far removed from the quick television suppers they’re used to.”

As I travel around schools, I see evidence of innovative practice in many areas – but in the majority of schools the noisiest, messiest, least happy place is the dining hall.  One of our key aims is to help schools smarten up their dining hall systems and help to make lunchtime a healthy, happy and sociable time for everyone involved – including the hard-working staff.


“Golden Table of the Week Sign” Giveaway Competition

We have a brand new sign to give away. For a chance to win either:

a)    Follow us on Facebook, find our ‘Golden Table of the Week’ Signpost, like it, like our page, and put a comment below the post –

b)   Contact us via email: jenny@jennymosley.co.uk and say you would like to enter the Giveaway competition

Competition closes at noon on Weds 2 December 2015.

Winner’s Name (names to be added after competition closing date)

Winners of a Golden Table of The Week sign is


Terms and Conditions

One winner will be chosen at random from all Facebook and email entrants to win a ‘Golden Table of the Week’ sign (RRP £25.95 + £10.00 +VAT). A winner is chosen by by putting all entries randomly on a table with numbered rows. A member of our staff in a different office, who cannot see the table is telephoned and asked for a number between 1 and, say, 40 (or whoever many people entered the competition). If anyone enters twice, they appear on the list once. Email and Facebook entrants are muddled up together on the list and given equal weight.

We will try to contact the winner by: a) Writing the name into this article above after the closing date, b) Announcing it on the relevant Facebook post c) via email if we have your email address.  (Please note: prizes must be claimed within 2 weeks of competition closure so please look out for notifications. Also, there is no cash alternative or cash value to this offer.)


Website Editor’s Notes

1. Jenny Mosley’s educational Golden Model is used in many different schools and Early Years settings. Jenny trains staff through conferencing and schools training.

2. Our webshop and catalogue are brimming wirh products to help schools and life in the classroom. See our Dining Hall resourceshere.

3. Jenny’s latest book, ‘How to Create Calm Dining Halls’ is now available for sale and is ‘flying off the shelves’.

4. Jenny is available for training projects and conferences. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements and how we can help. For all enquiries please email circletime@jennymosley.co.uk or phone 01225 767157.