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Last Updated: Wednesday, 8 September, 2004, 18:25 GMT 19:25 UK
'Posh' dining for schools' best
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The best-behaved pupils will be offered more stylish dining
Schoolchildren with the best table manners will be invited to dine in style at a "posh" table away from their c`lassmates.

The idea is being piloted at primary schools in Reading, Berkshire, in an attempt to improve behaviour.

The "table of the week" will be set with a tablecloth, napkins and condiments provided by a local store.

The six-month pilot scheme will reward children who have shown an improvement in behaviour each week.

Reading Borough Council chiefs say it will promote "better social interaction" in a fun way.

Education chief John Hartley said: "There is a serious point to this initiative as well.

"We want to highlight the fact that lunchtime is an important part of the school day, especially as an opportunity for developing social skills and positive attitudes towards other children."

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