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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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