School Nutrition Action Group (SNAG)
Your SNAG (School Nutrition Action Group) will act as the steering group for the project and should involve staff, pupils and caterers, supported, where appropriate, by health and education professionals and the local community.
You may prefer to refer to yourselves as a ’food culture group‘ or ’FFLP steering group‘, or make up a title based on your school’s name. Whatever name you choose, make sure it really means something to your particular group, reflects the group’s purpose and captures the attention and imagination of pupils, staff and parents alike. Once your group is set up, we hope you work well together to solve the issues your particular school faces in transforming your food culture.
I wanted to be part of the Food Forum because I think I can make a difference to the food in our school.
Helen, year 4 pupil
St John the Baptist School, Hackney
How can you ensure your SNAG works effectively
In order for the SNAG to work effectively, you’ll need to make sure it includes:
- A member of the senior management team
- Members of the teaching staff (food technology should be represented in secondary schools)
- Parents and governors
- School cook and caterer
- Lunchtime supervisors
- Representatives from the community.
You will need to identify members of the SNAG to champion the key areas of the Food for Life Partnership programme – community, growing, cooking, farm links etc.
You could also invite the following contributors along on appropriate occasions:
- Healthy Schools coordinators
- Primary care trust health promotion specialists
- Community groups, local businesses and farmers.
Setting the first SNAG agenda
One of your first jobs will be to review what’s already happening in your school on food issues. A good way to start is to display the Gold, Silver and Bronze posters and give everyone five minutes to look over them. Assess where your school is already meeting the Bronze criteria and possibly even Silver and Gold criteria. Decide what you would like to work towards next and devise a way to consult with the wider school and the community to get their input on what you want to do. Carry out your first consultation with pupils, staff, parents, governors and any other community members/groups who are involved with your school. Collate the consultation results in time for your next SNAG.
At your second SNAG meeting, discuss the results of the consultation. These will provide your group with ideas, guidance and the go-ahead for you to make a plan for action! There’s an Action Plan template available on our website.
At each SNAG meeting, follow this process:
- Review progress to date
- Identify your next steps
- Consult with your school and community
- Plan actions based on the results of consultation
- Carry out actions