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					                  Sunderland Whole School Food Policy

                      Draft copy for schools to adapt

                       (Primary, Secondary, Special)




Devised by Lee Murdoch (Food in Schools Co-ordinator) September 2006, updated 2007
                   Sunderland Whole School Food Policy

The following policy is a sample policy which provides guidance to the
contents of a whole school food policy. Whilst a number of headings are used
below it is expected that these will be adapted to be compatible with your
school. All writing in italics specify examples.

Ofsted will now assess schools on whether there is a whole school food
policy in place – developed through wide consultation, implemented,
monitored and evaluated for impact.

This policy is freely available to the entire school community. It has been
made available in the school newsletter, website and prospectus.

                              Mission Statement

“The educational mission is to improve the health of the entire community by
teaching pupils and family’s ways to establish and maintain life-long healthy
and sustainable eating habits. The mission shall be accomplished through
food education and skills (such as cooking and growing food), the food served
in school and core academic content in the classroom. This way a whole
school approach to food is being adopted in school.”


1. Introduction

School Name:

Consultation Group: e.g. this policy has been developed by a working group
which has consulted with the whole school community so as this policy is both
accepted and embraced by:-
    Governors
    School Management
    Whole Staff members
    Pupils
    Parents
    Food Providers
    Schools wider community
    Food in Schools/Healthy Schools Representative

Date Policy formally approved by Governors:

Date policy becomes effective:

Review Date (s): annually or every 2 years

Person (s) responsible for implementation and Monitoring:

Other relevant policies: e.g. PSHE, Physical Activity, Smoking
2. Aim

e.g.

        To ensure that all aspects of food and nutrition in school promote the
         health and well-being of pupils, staff and visitors to the school.

        To improve the health of pupils, staff and their families by helping to
         influence their eating habits through increasing their knowledge and
         awareness of food issues, including what constitutes a healthy and
         environmentally sustainable diet.

        To ensure that children are well nourished throughout the school day
         and that every pupil has access to safe, tasty and nutritious food and a
         safe, easily available water supply during the school day.

        To make the provision and consumption of food a healthy, enjoyable
         and safe experience throughout the whole school day

3. Rationale

Why are you writing this policy?

You may want to include reference to the following issues:

   o     The increasing obesity epidemic
   o     Every Child matters and its outcomes
   o     Food and drink affecting the ability of children to learn effectively
   o     The ethos of the school as a health-promoting environment
   o     The need for the school to reflect in practice the taught curriculum on
         food and health

e.g.

The school recognises the important connection between healthy eating and a
pupil’s ability to learn effectively and achieve high standards in school. It also
recognises the role the school can play, as part of the larger community, to
promote family health and well-being.
4. Objectives

Each individual school will need to decide their own objectives. What do you
want to achieve? What is the intended outcome of your whole school food
policy?

The following objectives are examples:

   o To improve the health of pupils, staff and their families by helping to
     influence their eating habits through increasing their knowledge and
     awareness of food issues, including what constitutes healthy eating.

   o To ensure pupils are well nourished at school, and that every pupil has
     access to safe, tasty, and nutritious food, and a safe, easily available
     water supply during the school day.

   o To ensure that food provision in the school reflects the ethical, cultural
     and medical requirements of staff and pupils e.g. religious, ethnic,
     vegetarian, medical and allergenic needs.

   o To provide an opportunity for pupils to plan recipes, budget, prepare
     and cook food.

   o To monitor menus and food choices to inform policy development and
     provision.

   o To make the provision and consumption of food an enjoyable and safe
     experience in a pleasurable and dedicated environment.
5. Guidelines

How will the objectives be met?

Schools will need to outline how they will ensure the objectives are met. This
may include reference to the following:

      The establishment of a Food in Schools working group

      How the schools works with partner agencies to promote healthy eating
       and drinking

      How the school consults and involves pupils in decisions about food in
       schools

      How the school involves parents in decisions about food in schools


      Provision of staff support and training on school food

      Implementation of the National Food in Schools Programme in the
       school

      How the school actively promotes healthier food choices during the day
       using the Food in Schools toolkit:

       Breakfast Clubs – are healthier choices always available and actively
       promoted?

       Tuck shops – are healthier choices available and actively promoted?

       Lunch times – are school meals and lunch boxes healthy and actively
       promoted?

       Water provision – is water provided freely and hygienically throughout
       the school day?

       After school clubs – is healthy food provided at clubs? Does the
       school have a cookery club or growing club?

       Dining Room Environment – Is the lunch time setting friendly,
       attractive and welcoming to pupils and staff?

       Packed Lunches – Does the school have any regulations around
       packed lunches that coincides with the school meal guidance?
6. Monitoring and Evaluation

How will you know whether the objectives are being made?

   o Reports produced from Food in Schools Team
   o Extra-curricular club: cookery club recipe book produced and
     reports/photographs etc displayed in school and website
   o Food in Schools working Group – report on progress to school council
     and review policy annually in light of improvements and changes
   o Ofsted Inspections

7. Conclusion

An overarching statement summing up the importance of the Whole School
Food Policy could be given in conclusion.




Signed……………………………………………………Head Teacher


Signed……………………………………………………Chair of Governors


Signed……………………………………………………Pupil Representative


Date………………………………………………..




 Devised by Lee Murdoch (Food in Schools Co-ordinator) September 2006, updated 2007

				
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