Food for Life Partnership : Criteria and guidanceCriteria and Guidance

How to achieve the Bronze, Silver and Gold awards. Find out more about our Bronze, Silver and Gold criteria, download valuable guidance and see examples of schools who are already transforming their food culture.

 Criteria and guidance

The Food for Life Partnership Mark awards achievement at three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. For each award, there is a set of criteria - think of these as an action framework for your school. The criteria are centred around four areas of development:

  • Food leadership
  • Food quality and provenance
  • Food education
  • Food culture and community involvement

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Meet some Silver award schools


Bronze, Silver and Gold awards - at a glance

BRONZE schools serve seasonal school meals that are at least 75% freshly prepared by a well-trained school cook. Pupils and parents are involved in planning improvements to school menus and the dining experience via a school nutrition action group, boosting school meal take-up. Every pupil has the opportunity to visit a farm during his or her time at school, and opportunities are given for cooking and food growing activity.

schools serve school meals on plates, not flight trays and have a food policy. School meals meet the Silver Food for Life Catering Mark Standards which shows they take care that school food is healthy, ethical, and uses local and organic ingredients. The school has a cooking club, and pupils get to cook with and eat the produce grown in the school growing area. Parents and the wider community get involved in food education via food-themed events.

schools are hubs of good food culture in their community, actively involving parents and community groups in cooking and growing activity. School meals meet the Gold Food for Life Catering Mark which shows they take care that our food is healthy, ethical, uses lots of local ingredients and is animal and climate friendly. You use a minimum of 15% organic and 5% free range ingredients. More than 60% of pupils are choosing to eat school meals. Every pupil learns to cook and has the opportunity to grow food, and groups of pupils are actively involved in the life of a local farm.


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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