A Healthy Rating Scheme for schools

Isn’t it about time the Government introduced the Healthy Rating Scheme for schools promised in the 2016 Obesity Plan?

The Scheme was proposed to support schools to encourage children to eat well. The Plan proposed that the scheme would be considered during Ofsted inspections.

Two years later, and we’re still waiting for the scheme to be introduced.

Food for Life is calling on the Government to step up and deliver an ambitious Healthy Rating Scheme. We want to see a Healthy Rating Scheme that –

  • Is available to all schools, including primary and secondary;
  • Is hooked into Ofsted inspections;
  • Requires all schools to demonstrate evidence of compliance with the School Food Standards
  • Embodies a ‘whole school approach’ to good food.

Food for Life has been pioneering a ‘whole school approach’ for over a decade. This means making food a central part of the school day, a priority for the leadership team, with pupils and cooks involved in decision-making, and food education integrated across the curriculum.

Food for Life’s approach has been shown to have a radical impact on children’s eating behaviours. Children in Food for Life schools are twice as likely to eat their five-a-day compared to children in other schools.

So, let’s get on with it!

The Healthy Rating Scheme offers a timely opportunity to fully involve all schools in the mission to halve childhood obesity by 2030, and to transform the way that children eat.

The Government must show its commitment to the scheme by convening an advisory group to bring together the ideas and evidence needed to ensure that the scheme is robust and effective.

Rob Percival

(Head of Policy, Food for Life)

Show your support for a School Healthy Rating Scheme by tweeting the Education Secretary here.  

       Dear @DamianHinds – we want a #HealthySchools Rating Scheme to celebrate what our schools are doing to keep kids healthy. @SAFoodForLife is showing what is possible.


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