Food in Schools
As of January 2019, the Food in Schools Award no longer exists as an independent award and instead has been incorporated to form part of the Healthy Schools Award. This change is in line with the updates to the Healthy Schools Award, which now asks schools to demonstrate how they are prioritising health and wellbeing in 4 key areas of Food, Physical Activity, Emotional Healthy & Wellbeing, and PSHE. The Framework that was developed in line with the Food in Schools Award now replaces the award, and we would encourage all schools to embed the framework into their nutritional environment.
Good nutrition is inextricably linked to good physical and mental health, and improving diet is likely to lead to improved general wellbeing. Additionally, health and happiness are linked to better educational outcomes. The Food in Schools framework exists to assist all schools in implementing healthy food provision and facilitating positive eating behaviours in the whole school community.
The Food in Schools Framework is based on five factors: food provision, environment, ethos, education, and engagement, and all are equally as important when promoting a positive nutritional environment. The Framework encompasses and builds on the SUGAR SMART Certificate criteria and is a great way to develop work in this area.
We feel that food in the school environment plays such a critical role in the health of children and young people and the formulation of lifelong healthy skills and habits, that we want to help all schools to work towards embed this framework. Please contact us for more information and help.