Resources - Food in Schools
National Curriculum Links
DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY
Cookery & nutrition teaching is statutory for schools within the Design & Technology national curriculum:
Nutrition and diet should also be taught as part of the statutory Science curriculum:
Aspects of teaching around nutrition and diet will form part of the statutory Health Education curriculum, due to be implemented in schools by September 2020.
Government Policies and Guidance
Department for Education
DFE advice to governing bodies on School Food, meeting National school food standards and provision of drinking water throughout the school day:
Public Health guidance on water provision in schools
Advice on School Lunches
Mandatory School Food Standards
Came into force from 1st January 2015 and are still a legal requirement for schools. The guidance includes information for headteachers, governors and caterers with useful checklists of requirements
North Yorkshire Catering
North Yorkshire County Council’s catering service offers healthy, locally sourced food which is certified to Food for Life Bronze standard and fully compliant with the Government mandatory School Food Standards.
Advice on Healthy Packed lunches in school
Change4Life - Healthier Lunchboxes
Clear website with mix and match packed lunch examples. Good link for sending home to parents.
British Nutrition Foundation:
Lots of information, healthy packed lunch flowchart worksheet and healthy lunchbox recipe ideas.
Whole School Food policy guidance
What works well - School food plan
Sections on Food, Lunchtime Experience, Learning and examples of good practice eg Croydon Whole School Food Policy template and document ‘Creating a Culture and Ethos of Healthy Eating’ (documents available as downloads online)
Food, Cooking & Growing Curriculum Support
British Nutrition Foundation:
‘Food in Schools’ section for teachers: sign up for free resources
Access resources, places to visit and people to ask that will support teaching about food, farming and the natural environment.
Handy, quick-reference Growing Instruction Cards, Activity Sheets and garden construction project advice eg how to build a raised bed
Grow to School CIC
Year-round food growing resources and in school support to help you maximise your growing space for learning and discovery. In school and online CPD - learn how to manage your garden and include your garden in curriculum planning.
RHS Campaign for School Gardening
Once registered for free; access lesson plans, activity sheets, resources and work towards a School Gardening Award (levels 1-5). Successful schools are rewarded with seeds, growing calendars etc
Yorkshire Agricultural Society
Fantastic range of free teacher CPD courses including outdoor learning and growing. Annual school days out including the Countryside Days and Great Yorkshire Show. Apply for a Grant for projects which involve food, outdoor learning, growing or cooking.
North Yorkshire support and resources around Healthy Weight
Healthy Weight Pathway for Children, Young People and Families in North Yorkshire
Public Health Healthy Weight Pathway document for North Yorkshire available for referral pathway
Healthy choices for children - NYCC
Help your child eat well and be active, with healthy meals, tips from Change4Life, and information on our Healthy Choices weight programme.
Healthy Child team – your School Health Nurse
May be able to do some particular work in your school depending on your needs and their availability with links to your school’s Growing up in North Yorkshire (GUNY) data.
Reducing food waste
North Yorkshire Rotters can provide free assemblies and workshops on reducing food waste through making smoothies with their popular pedal powered smoothie bike. Can also support composting in school. Contact Jeff Coates firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact your school caterer for advice and guidance on working to reduce food waste at dinner time.