Scholes School has just received a Silver Award from the Food For Life Partnership
26th March 2014
Scholes J & I School AWARDED FOR THEIR HEALTHY FOOD ACHIEVEMENTS
Scholes J & I School has been awarded the Food for Life Partnership Silver award for its healthy and climate-friendly food culture.
The school is working with the Food for Life Partnership to transform the school’s food culture and that of its local community, by connecting the children with climate-friendly and healthy food.
In its quest to achieve the Food for Life Partnership Silver Mark, Scholes J & I School serves school meals on plates, not flight trays, has a range of free range, local and organic items on the menu. Pupils can attend a cooking club and get to cook and eat the produce they have grown in school. Parents and the wider community get involved too through food themed events.
Scholes J & I School is now working towards the Food for Life Partnership Gold Award – the ultimate award that recognises schools, which use practical learning experiences to reconnect young people to the food they eat, following the journey from field to plate.
Independent research, summarised in a new report ‘Good food for all’ reveals the success of five years of the Food for Life Partnership. The evidence from three independent research studies focuses in particular on four main areas of impact: children’s health, tackling inequalities, improving education, and local enterprise and sustainability.
The Food for Life Partnership has created network of over 4,500 schools across England committed to transforming their food culture. It supports them to provide fresh, well-sourced and nutritious meals and improve their overall lunchtime experience. It helps children, adults and teachers understand the importance of good nutrition and where their food comes from through practical cooking and growing activities and farm visits.
The initiative is led by the Soil Association, bringing together the practical expertise of Focus on Food, Garden Organic and the Health Education Trust. It is free for schools in England to enrol and provides a wealth of resources to support their progress through the award framework.
To find out more, visit www.foodforlife.org.uk
Food for Life Partnership Awards criteria that schools meet:
Bronze schools serve seasonal school meals that are at least 75% freshly prepared by a well-trained school cook. Pupils and parents are involved in planning improvements to school menus and the dining experience via a school nutrition action group, boosting school meal take-up. Every pupil has the opportunity to visit a farm during his or her time at school, and opportunities are given for cooking and food growing activity.
Silver schools serve school meals on plates, not flight trays, and a range of locally sourced, free range and organic items are served and no fish from unsustainable sources is served. The school has a cooking club, and pupils get to cook with and eat the produce grown in the school growing area. Parents and the wider community get involved in food education via food-themed events.
Gold schools are hubs of good food culture in their community, actively involving parents and community groups in cooking and growing activity. School meals are at least 75% freshly prepared, 50% local and 30% organic, and more than 70% of pupils are choosing to eat school meals. Every pupil learns to cook and has the opportunity to grow food, and groups of pupils are actively involved in the life of a local farm.