Our award scheme brings schools and their surrounding communities together based around the core ethos of healthy, tasty and nutritious food. The programme is about more than just food on the plate; it considers where food comes from and how it’s grown, cooked and experienced. We provide practical advice and support enabling schools to achieve bronze, silver and gold awards, rewarding and celebrating success. Through a range of resources, advice and support we guide schools to make changes step-by-step through adopting a whole school approach.
Schools awarded by the programme are growing their own food; organising trips to farms; sourcing food from local producers; setting up school farmers’ markets; holding community food events; providing cooking and growing clubs for pupils and their families; serving freshly prepared, well-sourced meals and providing an attractive dining environment so lunchtimes are a positive feature of the school day.
Thanks to Big Lottery Fund support, any school in England can enrol with us free of charge, and access all the materials needed via this website along with a dedicated telephone line you can call for advice and guidance.
An enhanced programme to support schools, including teacher training and local programme management, is available for commissioning by local authorities. Find out more here. We are also building on the success of our work in schools to pilot wider partnerships, including nurseries, hospitals, carehomes and workplaces.