What We Do

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.

The number of children eating five or more portions of fruit and veg increased by 28% in FFLP primary schools

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Impressing Ofsted with a whole school approach to food education

The Oval Primary in Birmingham is a shining example of an FFLP school.

Their 2010 Ofsted report rated it ‘Outstanding’ for its personal, social and health education (PSHE) provision, noting that the school’s Food for Life Partnership activities successfully and actively engaged staff, pupils and parents in “improving the quality of food across the school and beyond".

Transforming Food Culture

Food is at our heart, but it is about much more than what’s on the plate. It’s about understanding how food is grown, learning about sustainability, making connections with health and the impact we make on the environment, caring about what we eat and how it was produced or reared – transforming our whole attitude to food.

The more we understand about where our food comes from, how we farm and process it, how we cook and eat it, the more we are educating future generations to respect our food culture, our health and our wider environment.

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Transforming Food Culture

Whole School Approach

We encourage everyone to get involved in the Food for Life Partnership! By bringing together the teaching staff, cooks, pupils, parents and school governors as well as members of the local community – the whole school approach - everyone is investing in a commitment to make real and long lasting change. 

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Whole School Approach

Food for Life Catering Mark

The Soil Association (the lead partner in the Food for Life Partnership) developed the Food for Life Catering Mark as a way of recognising and awarding caterers who use freshly prepared, local, seasonal and organic ingredients, including high welfare meat and sustainable fish.

If you’re a caterer and want to demonstrate that you care about the food you source and how you prepare it, why not apply for the Catering Mark?

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Soil Association's Food for Life Catering Mark