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Family-style school dinners

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One school in London believes their family-style lunch schedule prepares their pupils for the real world.

The City Academy, Hackney encourages its pupils to sit together and socialise at lunchtimes.

Pupils sit in pre-chosen groups of six in the dining hall rather than their own friendship groups and each child has a responsibility.

It could be laying out the cutlery, dishing out the food or clearing away the plates.

Pupil Olivia Eastward-Gray, 11, explains how the system works.

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