Food for Life Partnership : Bronze criteria and guidanceBronze Criteria and Guidance
Download the full list of Bronze award Criteria and Guidance – including practical tips and examples of how schools have approached transforming their food culture. 


Summary of the Bronze Award Criteria

Food leadership and school food culture

  • Our School Nutrition Action Group has led a review of food culture in our school, and actions have been agreed.
  • We monitor school meal take up and we are taking action to maximise the take up of free school meals.
  • We consult with our pupils and parents on school meal improvements.
  • We keep parents informed of lunch menus and Food for Life Partnership activity and invite them to attend our school lunches.
  • We encourage our pupils to suggest improvements to the dining experience and we implement the best ideas.
  • Our lunchtime supervisors promote a calm and positive dining experience and help our pupils with food choices.
  • We have made a commitment to phase out flight trays.

Food quality (delivered in partnership with our caterer)

  • Food on our menu does not contain any undesirable additives or trans fats.
  • We make sure that at least 75% of dishes on our menu are freshly prepared.
  • All meat is from farms which satisfy UK welfare standards. We use meat that is farm assured as a welfare minimum. We use eggs from cage-free hens.
  • Our menus are seasonal and we highlight in-season produce.
  • Our menus cater well for all dietary needs in the school population.
  • Catering staff are supported with skills training and are engaged in food education.
  • No genetically modified (GM) ingredients are used in our menus.
  • Free drinking water is provided for our pupils throughout the school day.
  • No fish are served from the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) 'Fish to Avoid' list.
  • Our menus demonstrate their compliance with national standards or guidelines on food and nutrition.
  • Information is on display about where food comes from.

Food education

  • We use the topic of healthy and sustainable food as a theme for assemblies.
  • Our pupils have the opportunity to take part in cooking activities, and this is linked to wider learning.
  • Our pupils have the opportunity to grow and harvest food and make compost, and this is linked to wider learning.
  • We organise an annual farm visit, and this is linked to wider learning.

Community and partnerships

  • We hold an annual event on a food theme for our pupils, parents and the wider community.
  • We make efforts to actively engage parents and/or the wider community in our growing and cooking activities.
  • We share Food for Life Partnership learning with local schools, the wider community and other partners.  


The Food for Life Partnership is a network of schools and communities across England committed to transforming food culture. Together we are revolutionising school meals, reconnecting children and young people with where their food comes from, and inspiring families to grow and cook food.

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