Whole school approach

Change can only happen if everyone involved is really engaged.

The Food for Life Partnership programme is a catalyst for engaging pupils, parents, school cooks, teaching staff and the wider community, creating a powerful alliance to help shape food culture in your school. By empowering pupils to help guide the process, they develop important leadership skills and become advocates for change. Their involvement may well spill over into home life, influencing their families and friends; schools tell us that many parents now buy organic produce, grow vegetables in their gardens and cook with fresh ingredients – and it’s all down to their children.

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Whole school food policy

By developing a whole school food policy and action plan for your school, you can influence and improve the health of your students and the whole school community.

Schools can play a key role in equipping young people and their families with the skills and knowledge they need to maintain lifelong healthy and climate-friendly eating habits.

The school environment provides an excellent opportunity to help establish these good habits from a young age.

In order to develop an effective school food policy, your school will need to involve representatives of the whole school community in a food action group - or School Nutrition Action Group (SNAG).

We have practical information and an action plan template available to help your school put a policy into place.

Creating a whole school food policy, action plan and School Nutrition Action Group are a few ways in which schools can work towards a Bronze, Silver or Gold Mark awarded by the Food for Life Partnership - find out more information about how you can get your school involved.

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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