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Food for Life’s national award scheme brings together the whole school, making lunchtimes a more positive feature of the day, setting up visits to local farms to learn about where food comes from, teaching practical cooking skills, learning to grow food in their school gardens and linking this to the wider community.

Further information

We support schools to achieve awards which recognise the great work going on in schools to change food culture and promote healthy eating. It is free to enrol and offers access to a wide range of resources and free training.

Global goals this project supports

  • 2 - Zero Hunger
  • 3 - Good Health and Wellbeing
  • 12 - Responsible consumption and production
  • 15 - Life on Land

Free Food for Life training

At this time of disruption, our Food for Life training offers the opportunity to develop your understanding of the Food for Life programme, increase your confidence in teaching within the Food for Life framework and supports your Food for Life activities.

With healthy food high on the national agenda, never has there been a more relevant time to join our ‘Smart Eating training for Chefs, Cooks and Midday supervisors in Schools’ training. This training is aimed at those on the ground working in schools, helping children to eat healthy food.

The training introduces nutrition, using Public Health England’s Eatwell guidance, alongside practical examples and solutions on everything from portion control to picky eating.  Trainees come away feeling empowered on the impact they can have every day, supporting children to eat well. 

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Healthy packed lunch webinar for Primary Schools

Thursday 19 November - 3.30pm to 4.30pm

This webinar is aimed at primary school teachers and will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to support children and their families provide a good variety of healthy packed lunches.

By the end of the session you will understand:

  • the nutritional requirements of a healthy lunch for 5 to 11 year old children;
  • the ways the essential food groups can be built into a healthy packed lunch;
  • how to engage with parents to ensure they understand why a healthy packed lunch matters to their children in your school;
  • how some examples of practical food and nutrition activities encourage learning and understanding.

Register your place - Food for Life's Outdoor Learning

Outdoor Learning webinar: Learning through Food and Nature in your school grounds

Tuesday 24 November - 3.45pm to 4.45pm

Getting your class outside doesn’t require buying lots of fancy resources, food and nature offers them for free. Join us for this interactive webinar which gives an overview of learning through food and nature in your school grounds.

The webinar will last for 60 minutes and be full of new ideas and inspiration. You will receive additional resources to use back in school and to enrich learning.

We will explore:

  • How we can use outdoor space for learning in relation to Food for Life
  • How an existing outdoor space can be utilised and developed for learning about food
  • Outdoor seasonal food activities

Register your place - Food for Life's Outdoor Learning webinar

Overdale Junior School working toward Gold Food for Life award

We are pleased to show you this video of the excellent work by Overdale Junior School. The school are working towards their Gold Food for Life award and this video presents the fantastic work they have been doing in school on the whole school approach to health and wellbeing.

Through this award, Overdale Junior school has being working to; improve the health of their pupils, provide healthy school meals, improve lunchtimes, increase food education through cooking on the curriculum and food growing. Overall this has had a positive impact on both pupils and the wider community.

Food for Life offers a flexible framework with free resources and free support to schools to assist in making changes to improve the health and wellbeing of pupils and the wider school community.

Contact details / get involved

Lisa Didier - Leicester City Local Programme Manager

Based in Leicester. Head office: Soil Association, South Plaza, Marlborough Street, Bristol BS1 3NX

Mobile: 07718 570945
Twitter: @LDidierSA
Website: Food for Life
Food for Life Twitter: @SAFoodforlife 

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