The Cornwall Food in Schools award is designed to allow you to focus on a whole school approach to food education and the promotion of healthier lifestyles. It is completely free, and you will receive all the help and support from us that you need to complete the award, which is made up of three key areas. You can also download the Award Support Notes to view more information about the award and how to fulfill the criteria.
This section of the award is aimed at ensuring the highest standard of food is served at school meal times. We recognise the breadth of catering provisions across the county and have ensured that the criteria are both accessible and achievable, whether you use a contract caterer or your own in-house team. We hope that by fulfilling these criteria, you will recognise the importance of using good quality, local produce for school meals, as well as creating a positive food culture by integrating your catering team into school life.
The Classroom element of the Food in Schools award is designed to enrich children's learning experiences and encompass a range of opportunities to understand and appreciate food culture. We think it is essential that children learn the cooking skills and have the confidence to create and enjoy food dishes. Understanding issues such as food poverty, food banks and food miles all fall under this category, offering fantastic links with wider cross-curricular learning.
Working with parents, families and the wider community are key to successfully nurturing and supporting children's development - and what better way to do this than with food? We recognise that sometimes it is hard to engage some parents and families, but when you do, the results and impact for the children can be quite special. This section of the award gives a structure of how you can bring parents into school, involving them with growing, cooking and most importantly working with them to promote a healthy lifestyle. After all, parents are a role model for their children and so it is key that we are all working together to create firm links between school and home.
The changes in the Ofsted framework from September 2015 means that food, food culture and the promotion of healthy eating are now a key focus during school inspections.
The Food in Schools award is a great way of showing your school's commitment to food education and encouraging your children to make healthier choices.
The award is open to all primary and secondary settings in Cornwall.
Congratulations to the following schools who have achieved the Food in Schools award:
- St Tudy CE VA School
- St Meriadoc Nursery and Infant School
- Newlyn School
- Penair School
- Bodriggy Academy
- Stratton Primary School
- Menheniot Primary School
- Pennoweth Primary School
- St Uny CE School
- St Mellion CE VA School
- St Dominic CE VA School
- Cape Cornwall School
To achieve the Food in Schools award, your school will need to complete our online tool, showing us how you meet the criteria. For the majority, this will be done by simply telling us what you are doing in school. There are a small number of criteria where we ask you to upload evidence - such as a whole school food policy or school food purchasing policy (independently catered schools only). The award has been structured to work alongside your caterer.
The award status will last for two years. After this time, schools will be invited to give an annual update of their evidence towards maintaining the standard through the use of a case study.
If you are a Healthy School, you will be pleased to know that the Food in Schools award can be integrated with the Healthy Schools accreditation process. To achieve the refreshed Healthy Schools award, we ask that schools identify an area they would like to focus on, such as food, and prepare a case study to demonstrate the impact and whole school approach addressing your wellbeing needs. If you would like to use the Food in Schools Award as part of your Healthy Schools award, please get in touch with your School Support Worker.
You will be supported throughout the process via telephone, email and visits to your school. The Food in Schools award goes hand-in-hand with the wider Cornwall Healthy Schools training offer and a range of other available resources. So sign up, get started and remember to get in touch with us for guidance and help.