When we first started many parents didn't know how to cook. Now they realise it's a great way to spend time with their kids.

Alison Dukes, teaching assistant
St John's Primary School, Somerset


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Cooking is a basic life skill which all young people deserve to be taught throughout their school life. Unless children learn to cook they cannot successfully make healthy eating choices and take full control of their food lives.

We hope that teachers and schools will work to integrate cooking into the curriculum and that parents and community members will find opportunities to get young people interested in cooking and learn valuable life skills. Cooking food at school is one way in which schools can work towards a Bronze, Silver or Gold Mark awarded by the Food for Life Partnership - and we offer fantastic cooking resources to all schools that enrol.


Cook School FreshCOOK SCHOOL fresh is a free tool for teaching cooking developed by our partner Focus on Food. It has been designed to help promote, encourage and support the development of cooking skills. Resources and recipes are available on the COOK SCHOOL fresh website and you can also download as a Android or iPhone app.

You can search a bank of tried and tested recipes which are all searchable by a range of criteria including pupil age group, seasonality and key ingredients.

Just go to to get started!

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Case study

Using cooking to inspire the children and raise funds

Using cooking to inspire the children and raise funds Kitchen Manager Anne Hext-Williams is at the heart of the Food for Life Partnership programme at Lady Modifords Primary School in Devon. A whirlwind of energy and enthusiasm, she teaches cooking to the whole school, raises funds, goes into lessons, ...

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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