November's Tip of the Month!

Novembers Tip of the Month!

2nd November 2012 - One step closer to your Food for Life Partnership Bronze, Silver or Gold award!

Tick off the Bronze criteria for … Community and partnerships

The third National Roast Dinner Day is on 14th November 2012 and if you are inviting parents or members of the community into school to take part, then you are one step closer to achieving your Bronze Award.

Join in Roast Dinner Day 2012

To take part in this year's event, all you need to do is serve a locally sourced or organic roast dinner, followed by seasonal crumble. Participating schools might like to have a go at serving a Bronze standard meal, which means that it should be seasonal, 75% freshly prepared, using farm assured meat and containing no undesirable additives. The dinner may even include produce from the school’s own garden!

How to get involved

  1. Click here to register or email the name of your school and contact details to and tell us your school is taking part in Roast Dinner Day 2012. There will be a free prize draw on Monday 5th November, where all schools who have signed up to Roast Dinner Day by that date will be in with the chance of winning one of FIVE Delfland Nurseries £15 vouchers.
  2. Let people know what you're up to - make sure your pupils and parents know about your plans. Parents, grandparents, local businesses, councillors or the press are all welcome! See whether local community groups or even VIPs want to join you! You'll find lots of useful resources, including posters and press releases, in our Roast Dinner Day Toolkit.
  3. Get blogging! Log in to your school web page to get started. You'll find some great tips here. All blogs will be judged after Roast Dinner Day and to be in with a chance of winning a prize, simply submit your final blog by Friday 23rd November.

Case studies: Safely inviting community members into school

Find out how Gilmorton C of E Primary School in Leicestershire went about inviting a group of older members of the community to lunch. Read the case study here.

Tips for involving the community

Barkway VA First School, a Silver Award school in rural Hertfordshire, tells us how the school managed to engage the community in spite of its isolated location. Read the case study here.


Community and Partnerships Criteria

Bronze: We hold an annual event on a food theme for our pupils, parents and the wider community.
Bronze: We share Food for Life Partnership learning with local schools, the wider community and other partners.
Silver: Our pupils share Food for Life Partnership learning with local schools, the wider community and other partners.


Find out more about Roast Dinner Day on our website
If you would like to take part in this exciting event, email us at


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