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Creating a packed
lunch policy
A toolkit to encourage
healthier packed lunches


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Welcome
This toolkit was developed in consultation with
teaching staff, pupils and our partner agencies.

“The aim of the policy is to offer schools a sensible approach           The Leeds school meals team would like to thank the Leeds
to promote healthier packed lunches in line with the national            healthy schools and wellbeing programme, as well as staff and
school meal standards that restrict access to foods high in fat,         pupils from the following schools, for their contribution –
sugar, and salt in schools. The packed lunch policy guidance             Bankside Primary School, Farnley Park High School, Guiseley
is not mandatory, but we hope all schools will decide to put             High School, Lawns Park Primary School, Middleton Primary
their own policy in place, in consultation with their children           School, Rosebank Primary School, Ryecroft Primary School
and young people and their families, through using the different         and St Theresa’s Catholic Primary School.
steps and stages in this toolkit. This policy supports the
Leeds School Meals Strategy, which aims to transform school
food and drink and make sure all pupils have equal access to
great food, which they can eat in a happy environment that
promotes positive social interaction, and is delivered through
the whole-school approach.”
– Leeds school meals strategic partnership
Note – parent defined as those with legal responsibility to the child.




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Introduction
This toolkit has been designed to provide information, tips and
solutions for primary and secondary schools to improve the
types of foods brought into school in packed lunches.
It provides helpful guidance developed from experience and       There are three sections within the toolkit.
knowledge gained from local pilot projects and good practice     Section 1 This section of the toolkit provides a summary of
gathered from schools across Leeds. The toolkit also draws       the issues faced by schools with packed lunches.
on national resources to provide a useful guide with advice to
help set up the Leeds packed lunch policy. The school meals      Section 2 This section offers a step-by-step guide to creating
team have engaged with Leeds school catering providers,          a packed lunch policy.
national and local supermarkets, and bakeries, to develop        Section 3 The resources section consists of ‘tools’, with
their role in supporting local communities through new           checklists, forms, lesson plans and references which fully
product development and meal deals or promotional offers.        develop the themes set out in section 2.
Local partners promoting adult health or those working with
families in the community are also encouraged to use this
resource to promote health in the workplace to ensure a
whole-family approach.




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Section 1 – Background
This section of the toolkit provides a summary of the
issues faced by schools with packed lunches.

In September 2006, mandatory food-based standards were set         Many of the foods that are no longer allowed to be served           over the years, the contents of packed lunches have changed,
up to improve the quality of school meals. The new standards       under the food-based standards are linked with a range              and now include more convenience items which tend to be
were developed following research showing that children were       of health issues affecting children and young people. These         higher in salt, sugar and fat. A survey carried out by the Food
not making healthy food choices at lunchtime, and that school      include obesity, tooth decay, anaemia, and diabetes. A long-term    Standards Agency in 2004 found that lunchboxes included more
meals did not meet their dietary needs. The new standards          diet, high in salt, sugar and fat, and low in other foods such as   snack and convenience items instead of healthier items such
mean the food served at lunchtime has changed with:                fruit and vegetables, is likely to lead to diseases such as heart   as fruit or snacks that are low in sugar, salt and fat. only 51 per
•	 	 	fall	in	the	serving	of	foods	high	in	salt,	sugar	and	fat,	
   a                                                               disease, stroke, and some cancers.                                  cent of lunchboxes surveyed included a fruit or vegetable. A
   or made with highly processed meat;                             Since the introduction of the food standards, the attention has     further survey carried out in 2007 found that, overall, there had
•	 	 ore	fruit,	vegetables	and	oily	fish	offered;	and
   m                                                               been on the contents of packed lunches. School meals uptake         been no improvement in the contents of packed lunches, and
•	 	 inimum	levels	set	for	the	nutritional	content	of	
   m                                                               in some areas has fallen, with pupils moving over to packed         that the amount of pupils having savoury snacks had decreased,
   school meals.                                                   lunches where they can still eat favourite foods.                   but the amount of pupils having cakes and biscuits as desserts
                                                                                                                                       had increased (evans et al, 2007).
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Healthy eating is a core theme within the national
healthy schools programme. Each theme includes a
number of aims that schools need to complete to gain
national healthy school status.
Within the healthy eating aims, schools are required to:         education Leeds packed lunch policy guidance document,           The pilot projects have shown that it is more straightforward
•	 	 ork	with	pupils	and	parents	to	improve	the	foods	
   w                                                             which sets out areas for schools to be aware of and offers a     to apply a full packed lunch policy in primary schools. However,
   brought into school; and                                      range of advice to consider when creating a policy using the     there	are	many	benefits	for	secondary	schools	engaging	in	the	
•	 	 ffer	suitable	guidance	about	packed	lunches	to	children,	
   o                                                             quick guide templates.                                           process included within this toolkit. Secondary schools may
   young people and their parents.                               In the long-term, the packed lunch policy guidance aims to:      not achieve a full packed lunch policy, but the suggested steps
                                                                 encourage equality of the school food on offer; increase         taken will make sure that improvements are seen in wider
In January 2008, the department of Health launched its                                                                            areas of food services offered, such as the food service and
‘Healthy Weight, Healthy Lives’ policy to encourage healthy      school meal uptake; improve health, attainment and economic
                                                                 outcomes; and create long-lasting change by involving and        dining environment, and over time gradually move towards a
eating. This set out how schools are expected to develop                                                                          full packed lunch policy.
healthy packed lunch policies as part of their whole-school      supporting families so that a positive change in eating habits
food policy, so that people not yet taking up school lunches     will be copied at home.                                       Applying a packed lunch policy can add towards the
are also eating healthily (dH, 2008).                            Many Leeds schools have already successfully created a packed following targets and monitoring criteria.
This toolkit has been produced together with the Leeds           lunch policy. This is an opportunity for those schools to use    O
                                                                                                                               •	 	 fsted.
healthy schools and wellbeing programme team. It supports        the toolkit to set up their policies in line with the school     P
                                                                                                                               •	 	 upil	participation	and	pupil	voice.
the Leeds school meals strategy to help schools to               meal standards.                                                  T
                                                                                                                               •	 	 he	healthy	schools	programme.
encourage pupils and parents to make healthy changes to                                                                           R
                                                                                                                               •	 	 educing	inequalities.
the contents of lunch boxes. It should be used with the                                                                           T
                                                                                                                               •	 	 he	Inclusion	Chartermark.
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Section 2 – Steps to creating a policy                                                                           Figure 1
                                                                                                                 A quick guide to creating a packed lunch policy
This section offers a step-by-step guide to creating                                                             Follow these steps to create a successful packed lunch policy.

a packed lunch policy.
                                                                                                                  Step 1                           Step 2
                                                                                                                  Project planning                 Carry out a
                                                                                                                                                   packed lunch
                                                                                                                                                   survey
It sets out a ‘how to’ guide with useful advice and examples of
good practice. Clicking on the hyperlinks included within the
text will take you to the relevant checklists, surveys and ideas                                                  Step 3                           Step 4
which will support you throughout the document in creating                                                        Discussion and                   Develop a packed
your own packed lunch policy.                                                                                     contribution                     lunch policy
The	diagram	in	figure	1	to	the	right	shows	all	the	steps	needed	                                                  (all stakeholders)
to create a successful packed lunch policy, and will guide the
reader to the relevant sections in the toolkit.
                                                                                                                  Step 5                           Step 6
                                                                                                                  Marketing and                    Monitoring and
                                                                                                                  promotion                        evaluation




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Step 1 Project planning
Choose a lead person and set up a group of pupils and/or staff to work on creating a
packed lunch policy. Or ask the school council to look at the topic as part of their school
council meetings. Include the project in your School Improvement Plan.




The key to a successful project is careful planning. Before       existing group such as your health forum or school council.          m
                                                                                                                                    •	 	 ore	litter	and	recycling;
starting to develop your packed lunch policy you will need to     or you could ask a group of pupils who bring packed lunches          s
                                                                                                                                    •	 	 pace	in	the	dining	room;
think about the following.                                        to school to represent pupils across the school. Pupil input is      b
                                                                                                                                    •	 	 ehaviour	in	the	dining	room;
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•	 	 hat	is	the	aim	of	the	policy?                                very important at this early stage of development as it helps        s
                                                                                                                                    •	 	 eating	arrangements;	and
   W
•	 	 hat	will	be	the	end	results?                                 pupils to understand the need for a packed lunch policy.You          t
                                                                                                                                    •	 	 he	effect	on	your	open	gate	policy.
•	 	 ow	long	will	it	take?
   H                                                              could also involve parents in this planning group.                For more information, clear guidance as to ‘what counts’
•	 	 ho	will	be	responsible	for	the	day-to-day	running	of	
   W                                                           Clear leadership is essential from the start, so a member            towards a healthy packed lunch such as snacks, and help
   the	project?                                                of staff should be chosen to manage the work and lead the            with this early planning stage please, look at the School Food
•	 	 hat	are	our	key	activities?
   W                                                           working group. during your planning, it is also useful to            Trust guide to introducing the Governments food-based and
•	 	ncluding	it	in	your	School	Improvement	Plan.
   I                                                           conduct an impact assessment. This is discussed further in           nutrient-based standards for school lunches
Creating a packed lunch policy involves and affects the        step 3. This will allow you to consider and recognise the
whole school community.You can begin to involve the school     possible impact of your packed lunch policy, as solutions
community in these early planning stages by setting up a       may need to be found in the early stages of the planning and
working group. This working group can begin to set out a clear working process. These may include:
and shared vision for packed lunches in your school.You do        m
                                                               •	 	 ore	pupils	taking	school	meals	or	free	school	meals;
not need to create a new group if you already have a health-      l
                                                               •	 	onger	queues	for	school	meals;
related working group set up within school.You can use an         s
                                                               •	 	 taff	time	needed	and	staffing	allocation	during	meal	times;



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Step 2 Carry out a packed lunch survey
To gather information about the current contents of packed lunches, the working group or school
council should carry out a survey. Results should be collected and shared with the whole-school
community. They can then be used to decide the aims of the packed lunch policy.




To help create a clear picture about packed lunches in your          P
                                                                  •	 	 upils	from	school	council	can	carry	out	the	survey	          once the survey has been completed, the packed lunch
school, it is important to carry out a packed lunch survey.          at lunchtime.                                                  working group or the school council can collect the
The survey will help to gather information about what is             T
                                                                  •	 	 he	working	group	can	ask	pupils	questions	in	the	            information and produce the results. or each class can study
currently in pupils’ packed lunches. Results from the survey         playground after lunch.                                        their results in maths or IT lessons.
will help create your policy and add to your healthy schools         P
                                                                  •	 	 upils	who	bring	packed	lunches	to	school	can	complete	the	   Tool 6 shows a template for collecting results from a packed
and ofsted evidence.                                                 survey during class time.                                      lunch survey.
Collecting this information now will also help you to assess      Tools 1 – 5 include a range of surveys developed to help
your policy once it has been put into place. The data collected   schools. These surveys can be amended so that they are
will provide a picture of what is current practice, and will      appropriate for your school.
act as a comparison later on when your policy is in place. To
gather this information you can carry out a simple packed
lunch survey. The survey can be completed in several ways.




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Case Study 1 – School council conducts a packed lunch survey
The school council at Rosebank Primary School talked about
packed lunches during their school council meeting.

They considered the following questions.                       From their discussion, the school felt that they needed to
•	 	 hat	changes	have	you	seen	to	school	dinners	recently?
   W                                                           carry	out	a	survey	to	find	out	what	pupils	were	bringing	to	
•	 	 ealthy	packed	lunches	–	why	they	are	important?
   H                                                           school in their packed lunches. They thought about different
•	 	 o	you	think	packed	lunches	are	healthy	in	your	school?
   D                                                           types of survey designs and voted on which they thought was
•	 	 ow	do	you	know	and	how	could	you	find	out?
   H                                                           the most suitable. They talked about how they would complete
•	 	 hy	do	you	think	pupils	bring	in	packed	lunches?	
   W                                                           the survey, and felt that a survey should be given to all packed
   For example – cost, food safety, and cultural issues.       lunch pupils. School council members from each class were
                                                               responsible for collecting the surveys before their next school
                                                               council meeting.




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Case Study 2 – using the results from your survey
The school council members at Ryecroft Primary School
completed a survey about packed lunches through their
class councils.
They collected the results during their school council meeting. From the results, the pupils suggested a ‘water only’ policy at
They noted that:                                                lunchtime. They believed that this was a good starting point for
•	 	 5	per	cent	of	pupils	bring	a	sweetened	soft	drink	in	
   8                                                            their packed lunch policy and would be simple to apply. They
   their packed lunch;                                          also suggested that all pupils bring at least one piece of fruit
•	 	 1	per	cent	of	pupils	have	fruit	or	vegetable	in	their	
   6                                                            or vegetable each day in their packed lunch and they thought
   packed lunch;                                                about ways in which they could encourage this.
   8
•	 	 8	per	cent	of	pupils	bring	one	snack	in	their	packed	
   lunch; and
   4
•	 	 4	per	cent	of	pupils	bring	two	or	more	snacks	in	
   their packed lunch.




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Step 3 Discussion and contribution (all stakeholders)
Begin the discussion process with all stakeholders. Pupils from the school council can
talk to class councils about packed lunches. Ideas and suggestions can be given back to
the school council for further thoughts. A range of methods can be used, and this section
gives some ideas. Once you have decided your main aim, you can ask the whole-school
community about the draft proposal.


To encourage the types of foods in packed lunches both parents     Why consult with pupils and parents about                         Who will carry out the discussions?
and pupils need to be onboard with any changes that are being      packed lunches?                                                   discussions can be carried out by a variety of groups within
made within school. The best way to do this is to consult the      Because this is a very important part of bringing about change.   your school such as:
whole-school community. This consultation will lead to parents     A good consultation exercise will:                                   t
                                                                                                                                     •	 	 he	healthy	schools	forum;
feeling	confident	and	able	to	speak	openly.	A	good	consultation	   •	 	 ffer	you	the	chance	to	explain	what	you	want	to	gain	and	
                                                                      o                                                                 f
                                                                                                                                     •	 	ood	and	nutrition	task	group;
exercise	should	work	towards	a	final	decision	that	will	impact	       why, which will develop pupils and parents knowledge and          s
                                                                                                                                     •	 	 chool	council;	and
the people who are involved. Consulting pupils and parents            understanding;                                                    h
                                                                                                                                     •	 	 ealthy	packed	lunch	task	group.
offers you the opportunity to explain what you want to gain and       g
                                                                   •	 	 ain	a	greater	understanding	of	the	needs	of	children	and	
why. It also gives you the chance to look at some of the issues                                                                      Where packed lunch policies have been created successfully,
                                                                      young people and families;                                     pupils have been involved with the discussion process, and the
or barriers which may currently prevent parents from providing        a
                                                                   •	 	 llow	children	and	young	people	and	families	to	recognise	
healthier packed lunches. These may include cost, special diets,                                                                     school council have been involved in driving forward both the
                                                                      that their views are valued, which will result in more         pupil and parent discussions. This has led to the changes being
and cultural diversity.                                               confidence	and	compliance	with	the	policy;                     made quickly.
As well as consulting pupils and parents, you should involve          a
                                                                   •	 	 llow	children	and	young	people	and	families	to	develop	an	
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other stakeholders, such as teaching staff, governors and             understanding of how decisions are made and how they can
catering staff.                                                       encourage them;
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                                                                   •	 	 reate	better	services	which	are	more	open	to	children	and	
                                                                      young people and families needs; and
                                                                      e
                                                                   •	 	 ncourage	parents	and	pupils	to	get	involved	in	their	
                                                                      school community.

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What discussion methods can be used?                                It may be possible to link with outside agencies to help you
Tool 7 outlines methods for consulting with pupils and parents.     carry out your discussion exercise these could include your
The ideas are offered as a guide, and include activities and        school nurse, extended services co-ordinator, or early years
methods which can be used with the whole-school community.          or community development workers from your local healthy
Tool 8 shows a suggested questionnaire for parents which            living centre.
can be sent home for them to look at and provide their views        To	help	involve	pupils,	a	display	could	be	created	with	leaflets	
on packed lunches. Schools can choose all, or sections of the       and example packed lunches. Taster sessions showing items
questions included.                                                 could be held, which could be included within a packed lunch.
Tools 9 and 10 show more general surveys for secondary              This offers an opportunity to develop people’s understanding
schools, and cover school meals and the dining environment.         about the importance of healthier packed lunches as part of a
                                                                    balanced diet, as well as gaining feedback from them. It is also
When should I run a discussion exercise?                            an opportunity to work together with your catering provider.
If you would like to ask stakeholders questions as part of your     They could provide a display about the school meals service,
consultation exercise rather than collecting answers through        promoting hot meals as well as packed lunches.
a survey, you will need to chose a time when there are people
around to talk to. There are many opportunities within school As part of the discussion process, you should talk about your
to run a consultation exercise with a variety of people, such as: plans with other schools in your extended service cluster.
                                                                     This will help you to create similar policies and makes sure
   p
•	 	 arents	evenings;                                                that equality is the same between schools in the same cluster.
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•	 	 ealth	fairs;                                                    It also provides stability for pupils leaving primary school and
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•	 	unchtime	or	break-time	(for	pupils);                             moving up to secondary school.
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•	 	 ports	days;	and
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Assessment                                                         open gate policy                                                   Food hygiene and safety
It is important to be aware of the possible issues that may        Secondary school pupils may have the opportunity to go             Parents may be nervous about providing a lunch box
arise from the packed lunch discussion. It is important that you   offsite at lunchtime. This means they can buy food from            containing high risk foods due to lack of cold storage
are prepared to sort out the issues raised in a positive way.      outside of school.                                                 places within school. To reassure parents, it is important
For example, your discussion with pupils and parents will help     Cultural appropriate menus and ingredients                         that you identify cool storage areas for packed lunches.
you	to	find	out	why	pupils	bring	packed	lunches	to	school.	        Where this is highlighted as an issue, it is very important        For more information about food safety and hygiene, go to:
These may include:                                                 that you get support from your catering provider about the         http://www.food.gov.uk.
•	 	ssues	in	the	dining	room;
   i                                                               procurement	specification,	training	for	staff,	and	traceability	   Free school meals
•	 	 ueues	for	school	meals	are	too	long;	noise;
   q                                                               of food items. If possible, visit the food preparation areas       Tools	11	and	12	show	a	leaflet	and	letter	for	parents	providing	
•	 	 acked	lunch	and	school	meal	pupils	have	to	
   p                                                               with	concerned	parents	to	instill	confidence	in	the	school	        information about free school meals. use these where pupils
   sit separately. and                                             meals service. Reassure families through a clear statement in      have	been	identified	as	being	eligible	for	free	school	meals.
•	 	 ultural	concerns
   c                                                               your whole-school food policy and evidence of your catering        Communicating your discussion findings
If any issues are raised, work with your catering provider to      provider	procurement	specifications.                               Communicate	the	findings	from	your	consultation	exercise	
discuss new systems in the dining room.                            Cost                                                               to stakeholders such as parents, pupils and governors.You
Medical and special dietary needs                                  Parents may not be able to afford school meals and may feel        could do this through your school website or newsletter. It is
The standards do not apply to children and young people with       they can provide a packed lunch for a lot less. The school meal    important participants see the results of your survey.
clinically diagnosed special dietary requirements. Parents of      is often the cheaper more convenient and healthier option.
children with clinical conditions should be encouraged to ask      This could be looked at in classroom activities.
their dietician for advice.You should relax your school policy
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Case Study 1 – Consulting pupils and parents
Rosebank Primary School conducted a consultation exercise
with pupils and parents during their parents evening.

A packed lunch display was set up in the main hall of the         Pupils were invited to take part in activities. They were
school which included:                                            encouraged to design their own healthy packed lunch. A
•	 	 isplay	boards	showing	pictures	of	healthy	packed	lunches,	
   d                                                              graffiti	wall	was	displayed	for	pupils	and	parents	to	have	their	
   and example recipes; and                                       say about how they thought packed lunches could be made
•	 	 	display	table	presenting	example	lunchbox	ideas	and	recipe	 healthier in their school. Staff members were available to
   a
   ideas for parents to take away with them.                      answer any questions and to ask parents questions such as:
                                                                     “
                                                                  •	 	 What	do	you	feel	stops	parents	from	providing	healthy	
                                                                     packed	lunches?”
                                                                     “
                                                                  •	 	 How	do	you	think	we	can	solve	these	problems?”
                                                                     “
                                                                  •	 	 Which	foods	do	you	feel	should	be	discouraged	within	
                                                                     packed	lunches?”




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Case Study 2 – Consulting with your catering provider
Guiseley High School talked with their catering provider
to explore how they could work together to encourage
healthier packed lunches.
The catering provider designed a packed lunch menu which
is served along with their hot meals menu. The packed lunch
includes a sandwich, a pudding, a drink and a piece of fruit. This
menu was launched in the summer term and was priced at the
same price as a school meal.
By offering this service to pupils and parents, the school aims
to have more pupils staying in the school grounds and eating
a school lunch, making sure that pupils eat a healthy balanced
meal which meets the school meal standard.




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Case Study 3 – discussing with parents
Middleton Primary School developed a survey for parents
and carers which was sent home to collect their views about
packed lunches.
due to the small number of replies, the school began to think
about other ways to make sure that parents were asked about
the planned changes to packed lunches. The school had an active
parents group which met each week for a coffee morning.
The healthy school link teacher attended this group and
asked the parents questions about packed lunches. The packed
lunch working group was responsible for collecting the
information and using it when preparing and creating their
packed lunch policy.




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Step 4 Develop a packed lunch policy
Now that information has been gathered from the consultation process, the policy can be created.




once you have completed your packed lunch survey and                 The school council should continue to be involved at this stage
discussions, the working group can create a packed lunch             to make sure that the policy is written in a pupil-friendly way.
policy which meets the needs of your school. It is important to      For useful descriptions, please look at the School Food Trust
think	about	the	findings	from	your	survey	and	discussions	to	        website: www.schoolfoodtrust.org.uk
make sure that your policy will be useable and that it becomes
an important part of your schools culture.                           once you have developed your packed lunch policy, it is
                                                                     important to carry out a review of your whole-school
To support the development of your policy, please refer to           food policy to make sure that the two policies are in line
the education Leeds packed lunch policy guidance document            with one another.
which contains useful templates for the policy structure. The
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templates will help you to create a clear and brief policy in line
with the school meal standards.




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The whole-school approach                                         Things to consider
A whole-school approach is required to encourage pupils and          H
                                                                  •	 	 ave	you	reflected	the	messages	given	in	the	curriculum	
parents to make changes. Clear, reliable and correct messages        throughout	school?
need to be given to the whole-school community about                 I
                                                                  •	 	s	healthy	eating	information	communicated	to	parents?
healthy eating within school. When making changes to packed          I
                                                                  •	 	s	your	snack	policy	in	line	with	your	packed	lunch	policy?
lunches, it is important that the whole-school day is thought        A
                                                                  •	 	 re	pupils	and	parents	regularly	asked	about	issues	
about – not just lunchtime. The whole-school day needs to            relating to healthy eating, such as school food, the dining
provide reliable information to pupils about healthier eating        environment	and	the	curriculum?
and drinking, to make sure there is a full commitment within         H
                                                                  •	 	 ow	are	other	stakeholders	such	as	governors	involved	in	
the school community. There are ten elements to the whole-           school	food?
school approach.                                                  For more information about the whole-school approach
   L
•	 	 eadership,	management	and	managing	change.                   click www.healthyschools.gov.uk
   P
•	 	 olicy	development.                                           Schools may use the School Food Trust ‘at a glance’ pack lunch
   C
•	 	 urriculum-planning	and	work	with	outside	agencies.           template to display and promote their packed lunch policy.
   T
•	 	 eaching	and	learning.                                        You	should	include	your	final	policy	in	your	whole-school	food	
   S
•	 	 chool	culture	and	environment.                               policy document. display it in school, such as in the reception
   G
•	 	 iving	children	and	young	people	a	voice.                     or dining area, upload it on your website, and send it home to
   P
•	 	 rovision	of	pupil	support	services.                          update families.
   S
•	 	 taff	professional	development	needs,	health	and	welfare.
   P
•	 	 artnerships	with	parents	and	carers	and	local	communities.
   A
•	 	 ssessing,	recording	and	reporting	children	and	young	
   peoples’ achievement.




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Step 5 Marketing and promotion
Feedback gained from the discussion process will also help you to develop a plan for how you will
market and promote your packed lunch policy. This section gives you some ideas and activities.




Talking about packed lunches within school helps children and    Your whole-school food policy
young people to gain an understanding about how important        A whole-school food policy is a shared and constant
healthy eating is. It also helps them to understand the packed   developing document for all stakeholders (pupils, teachers,
lunch policy itself. A number of activities can be carried out   parents and governors) that are involved with your school.
with class groups or with the whole-school.                      It communicates a common vision about the culture, status
Tool 13 outlines a number of ideas and activities which can be   and role of all aspects of food within your school. The aim of
used to raise the interest of packed lunches and your policy.    a whole-school food policy is to develop healthy eating and
                                                                 drinking	activities	in	your	school	that	can	benefit	pupils,	staff,	
Tool 14 gives ideas for classroom-based activities.              parents, caterers, and others linked with your school.
Communicating your packed lunch policy to pupils and parents It is important to include information about your packed
is a major step in making sure that the whole-school is aware lunch policy within your whole-school food policy. As with
of the policy. This can be done in a number of ways.          your packed lunch policy, it is important that all stakeholders,
                                                              including governors are involved and have been asked about their
                                                              views when developing a food policy for your school. For more
                                                              information about the governors role in your whole-school food
                                                              policy, please refer to governors’ strategic policy framework.
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Make parents aware of your whole-school food policy by:            Newsletters and website                                            It is important to bear in mind that we are aiming to gain small
   p
•	 	 roviding	a	copy	of	your	whole-school	food	policy	to	          update parents regularly about school meals and packed             changes. There is not an expectation that parents will have
   parents when their children join the school;                    lunches through letters, your school newsletter, your website      to provide expensive items in lunch boxes. We are aiming for
   s
•	 	 howing	your	packed	lunch	policy	at	the	parents	meetings	      or	leaflets.	Think	about	making	a	regular	article	in	the	school	   them to provide a healthy balanced lunch box for their child.
   and providing information about school meals (you could         newsletter to offer ideas for healthier packed lunches. offer      We should be encouraging small steps which are in line with
   invite parents into school to eat a school meal with            recipes for parents so they can add a range of food items          the school meal standards.
   their children);                                                to lunchboxes.                                                     When introducing your packed lunch policy, give families
•	 	 orking	with	your	catering	provider	to	run	taster	sessions	
   w                                                               Communicate the school dinner menu to parents on a regular         a copy, making it clear what items are discouraged in
   for parents at events, such as parents evenings, so that they   basis so parents are aware of what is being served at school.      packed lunches.
   gain an idea of the quality and type of foods on offer at       Tool 17 shows a selection of letter templates which can be         Tool 18-19 provides information for parents such as packed
   lunchtimes; and                                                 adapted to communicate your packed lunch policy to parents.        lunch ideas and recipes.
   i
•	 	ncluding	details	about	your	whole-school	food	policy	in	
   your school prospectus.                                 Support for families                                                       Tool 20 will enable you to create your own ‘at a glance’ policy
                                                           When creating a packed lunch policy, it is important that all              template.
Tool 15 shows whole-school food policy templates which can families feel supported and encouraged to make positive,
be used as guidance when writing your food policy.                                                                                    Tool 21 shows how the school packed lunch policy sits with
                                                           gradual changes. Any changes made to the types of foods                    the national ‘eatwell plate’ model.
Tool 16 shows an example hand-out prepared for new parents which can be brought into school should be made slowly.
about food and drink within school.                        Families need to be kept up-to-date at each step of the                    More ideas can be downloaded from websites such as
                                                           process to make sure that they understand why the changes                  the School Food Trust, Food Standards Agency and the
                                                           are taking place, and to allow them to give feedback at suitable           British nutrition Foundation. However, it is important to
                                                           times along the way.                                                       check that the foods they suggest are in line with your policy.




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Case Study 1 – Communicating with parents
Ryecroft Primary School held a packed lunch competition
during their inclusion week to help support their new packed
lunch policy.
each class talked about the policy and then took part in an
activity to design a healthy packed lunch. The pupils voted
for which design they wanted to put forward for the whole-
school competition. each class displayed their design in the
dining room and pupils voted for which the winning design
should be. The winning class received a prize.
To show the policy to parents, the school council wrote a
letter which was sent home with pupils.




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Step 6 Monitoring and evaluation
Plan and apply ideas for checking your packed lunch policy. Continue to collect data using surveys to
monitor the impact of the policy. Create gradual change and provide evidence of impact assessment
for your Healthy Schools and Ofsted criteria.




It is important that you build in time to monitor and evaluate       Pupils and parents need to feel supported in
time to make sure that you explore how successful your policy        making positive changes to packed lunches.
has been. encourage your working group to talk about how             The policy should not be a punishing measure to families.
you feel it would be best to keep an eye on your packed lunch        Monitoring should be carried out through suitable and sensitive
policy. Pupils need to be fully-involved in this. Make sure pupils   methods without the removal of foods. The monitoring of
can develop creative ways to track progress and help to keep         packed lunches should not be the responsibility of your catering
up the momentum. These could include:                                staff. However, you could agree a monitoring method with
•	 	 oing	a	packed	lunch	survey	on	a	regular	basis	to	track	
   d                                                                 school members. For example, involving pupils who have been
   progress;                                                         trained. use your school assemblies and website to support
•	 	 eeping	an	eye	on	packed	lunches	to	watch	for	compliance	
   k                                                                 positive messages about healthy food. At the same time,
   with your policy;                                                 recognise that pupils have their own free will and may choose
•	 	 eeping	records	of	all	the	activities	you	have	done	within	
   k                                                                 foods which are discouraged within your policy, and that these
   school to encourage healthier packed lunches;                     can be eaten at home as part of a balanced diet. Avoid sanctions
•	 	 sing	a	time	line	to	observe	how	packed	lunches	have	
   u                                                                 about these situations by focusing on positive messages that
   improved as a result of these activities; and                     reflect	the	schools	health	culture.	
•	 	 rite	to	parents	to	communicate	the	school	packed	lunch	
   w                                                                 Tool 22 contains a template for ideas for monitoring in
   policy to promote a healthy school ethos.                         your school.
                                                                     	Tool	23	shows	example	reward	certificates	for	healthy	eating	
                                                                     which can be given to pupils for making healthy choices.

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Case Study 1 – Packed lunch reward systems
At St Theresa’s Catholic Primary School, pupils bringing
healthy packed lunches are recognised and celebrated.

Year 6 monitors and lunchtime supervisors watch out for
pupils who have examples of healthy, balanced lunches. Pupils
who are chosen have their photographs taken with their
lunches, and this is used to create a display in the entrance hall.
This can be viewed by pupils and parents, which helps them to
gather ideas for healthy packed lunch items. This has proven to
be a simple yet clever method of encouraging pupils to bring
healthier packed lunches.




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Case Study 2 – Monitoring your packed lunch policy
At Bankside Primary School, the school council together with
the health forum agreed rules for packed lunches.

The health forum included representatives from the lunch           ‘Happy lunchtime helpers’ were introduced at lunchtimes.
catering service, parents, pupils, teachers and the headteacher.   Pupils were given a job description and invited to complete
Assemblies were held by the school council to make the             an application form to become a happy lunchtime helper. If
whole-school aware of the need for healthy food and lunches.       they were successful they were invited to an interview with
Letters were sent home to introduce the healthy food policy        members from the school council.
to parents, and to explain why parental support is needed.         The ‘happy lunchtime helpers’ encourage pupils to drink water,
Members of the school council stayed after school for parents      supervise queuing and praise healthy packed lunches. If a happy
evenings. They had a stall with suggestions for healthy packed     lunchtime	helper	finds	any	foods	that	are	not	encouraged	by	
lunches and provided examples of food that were being              the schools food policy, they complete a form (designed by
discouraged.	Parents	were	also	given	information	leaflets	         them) which is sent to the parents suggesting alternatives.
to support the suggestions made by the pupils. The parents
evening was also attended by catering staff who discussed
school dinners with parents.




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Links



Useful resources and websites                                                       Bibliography
School Food Trust                         www.schoolfoodtrust.org.uk                Community nutrition Group and the Food Standards Agency (2004)
Food in Schools                           www.foodinschools.org                     School Lunch box Survey 2004
Food	a	fact	of	life	                      www.foodafactoflife.org.uk                evans, C, and Cade, J (2007)
Food Standards Agency                     www.food.gov.uk                           Packed Lunches in Primary School in the UK
SMART Lunchbox                            www.smartlunchbox.org.uk
                                                                                    Click here to see the education Leeds packed lunch policy full rationale document.
5 a day                                   www.5aday.nhs.uk
British dental Health Foundation          www.dentalhealth.org.uk
national Healthy Schools                  www.healthyschools.gov.uk
The Leeds School Meals Strategy           www.educationleeds.co.uk/schoolmeals
Healthy Schools and Wellbeing Programme   www.educationleeds.co.uk/healthyschools
The British nutrition Foundation          www.nutrition.org.uk
national Governors Association            www.nga.org.uk
Leeds Initiative                          www.leedsinitiative.org




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Section 3 – Resources
The resources section consists of ‘tools’, with checklists,
forms, lesson plans and references which fully develop
the themes set out in section 2.
Gathering data – surveys – step 2                              discussion and contribution – step 3                              Tool 17   Letter templates
The following surveys and audits have been developed and       The following ideas and activities are given as a guide to help   Tool 18   Guidance for parents and carers
used by schools within the pilot project. The surveys can be   schools to fully-involve their whole-school community.            Tool 19   Packed lunch suggestions
used as they are, or adapted for your school.                  Tool 7  Methods for discussing with stakeholders                  Tool 20   Create your own school ‘at a glance’ packed lunch
Tool 1    Lunchbox survey                                      Tool 8  Survey for parents                                                  policy
Tool	2	   What	is	in	your	lunchbox	today?                      Tool 9  School meals survey                                       Tool 21 The ‘eatwell plate’
Tool 3    Packed lunch survey                                  Tool 10 dining environment survey                                 Tool 22 Monitoring
Tool 4    Lunch survey – food brought into school              Tool 11 Free school meals and school clothing                     Tool	23		 Award	certificates	
Tool 5    Survey for secondary school pupils                           allowance form                                            More letter templates can be found on the School Food Trust
Tool 6    Template for collecting the results from a packed    Tool 12 Three easy steps to getting free school meals             website at www.schoolfoodtrust.org.uk
          lunch survey                                         Marketing and communication – step 5                              Monitoring and evaluation – step 6
More examples of packed lunch surveys can be found at:         Ideas, activities and templates to help schools market and        example documents to support the monitoring and evaluation
www.healthylunch.org.uk                                        share their packed lunch policy. The templates can be used and    of your packed lunch policy. They are given as guides which can
                                                               changed as required.                                              be developed within your school.
                                                               Tool 13   Ideas and activities for marketing and communication Tool 22 Lunchtime monitoring templates
                                                               Tool 14   Ideas for classroom-based activities                 Tool	23		 Lunchtime	award	certificates
                                                               Tool 15   Food policies in brief                                                                      Toolkit on next page
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Click on the relevant tools below
All tools open up in a new pdf window for you to print or save to your computer




 Tool 1                          Tool 2                          Tool 3                   Tool 4                  Tool 5                 Tool 6
 Lunchbox survey                 What is in your                 Packed lunch survey      Lunch survey – food     Survey for secondary   Template for collecting
                                 lunchbox today?                                          brought into school     school pupils          the results from a
                                                                                                                                         packed lunch survey


 Tool 7                          Tool 8                          Tool 9                   Tool 10                 Tool 11                Tool 12
 Methods for discussing          Survey for parents              School meals survey      Dining environment      Free school meals      Three easy steps
 with stakeholder                                                                         survey                  and school clothing    to getting free
                                                                                                                  allowance form         school meals


 Tool 13                         Tool 14                         Tool 15                  Tool 16                 Tool 17                Tool 18
 Ideas and activities            Ideas for classroom-            Food policies in brief   Home-school agreement   Letter templates       Guidance for parents
 for marketing and               based activities
 communication


 Tool 19                         Tool 20                         Tool 21                  Tool 22                 Tool 23
 Packed lunch                    Create your own school          The ‘eatwell plate’      Monitoring              Award certificates
 suggestions                     ‘at a glance’ packed
                                 lunch policy




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School meals team names and contact details
Rosemary Molinari (nee Denison)
School meals strategy adviser
Phone: 0113 224 3779
Mobile: 07891 279922
email: rosemary.molinari@educationleeds.co.uk
Elaine Thornton
School meals development manager
Phone: 0113 224 3785
email: elaine.thornton@educationleeds.co.uk
Kate Drummond
School meals project assistant
Phone: 0113 224 3779
email: kate.drummond@educationleeds.co.uk
www.educationleeds.co.uk/schoolmeals




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       Lunchbox survey
                                                                                                    Question

                                                                                                    What type of drink
                                                                                                    is in the lunchbox?



                Question                                                     Question

                What fruits or                                               What type of starchy
                vegetable are in the                                         foods are in the
                lunchbox?                Fruit and            Bread, rice,   lunchbox?
                                        vegetables             potatoes
                                                               and pasta




                                           Meat,              Milk and
                                         fish, egg             dairy
                                        and beans     Fats     foods
                                                      and
                                                     sugars



                Question                   Question                          Question

                What does the              What foods are in                 What types of dairy
                lunchbox contain           the lunchbox from                 foods are in the
                from this group?           this food group?                  lunchbox?
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       What’s in your lunchbox today?
                                        Question

                                        What type of drink
                                        is in the lunchbox?
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       Do you know what a healthy packed lunch policy is?
                                                       Question

                                                       What do you think
                                                       of the idea?




                Draw your packed
                lunch here...
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       Tool 4
       Lunch survey – Food brought into school

       1.       Does the lunch contain any of the following starchy foods:
       a)       Bread                                            d)   Pasta
       b)       Rice                                             e)   Other
       c)       Potatoes




       2.       Does the lunch contain any fruits or vegetables?
       a)       Yes                                              b)   No
       Please list what the lunch contains:



       3.       Does the lunch contain a source of protein?
       a)       Ham                                              e)   Beans
       b)       Chicken                                          f)   Lentils
       c)       Beef                                             g)   Pork
       d)       Egg                                              h)   Other




       4.       Does the lunch contain a source of calcium?
       a)       Cheese                                           c)   Milk
       b)       Yoghurt                                          d)   Other




       5.       Does the lunch contain a snack for example: chocolate, crisps, cereal bars, cakes and biscuits?
       a)       Yes                                              b)   No
       Please list what snack:



       6.       What type of drink is included with the lunch?
       a)	      	 weetened	drink	e.g.	fizzy	drink,		
                S                                                b)   Unsweetened drink
                fruit juice or squash                                 e.g. milk or water
       Description of the drink:



       7.       Describe any other products included in the lunch for example: Dairylea Lunchables:
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       Tool 5
       Survey for secondary school pupils

       1.       Do you bring a packed lunch to school? (circle one)

                     Yes       No        Sometimes




       2.       If you bring a packed lunch into school, please could you explain why?




       3.       How often do you bring in a packed lunch? (circle one)
                   Every
                    day      4 times   3 times     2 times    Once      Never
                  (5 times   a week    a week      a week    a week
                  a week)




       4.       How often do you go out of school to buy something to eat? (circle one)
                   Every
                    day      4 times   3 times     2 times    Once      Never
                  (5 times   a week    a week      a week    a week
                  a week)




       5.       Please indicate which of the following you bring in your packed lunch (circle all that are relevant)

                 Starchy food       A source of      One or more       A source of             A snack such
                 such as bread      protein such      portions        calcium such   A drink    as crisps or
                   or pasta         as cheese or     of fruit or       as yoghurt                 biscuits
                                      chicken         vegetable




       If you have circled a drink please indicate the type of drink you bring to school:



       If you have circled a snack please list the type of snacks you bring to school:
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       Template for collating the results from
       the packed lunch survey
       Year                  Starchy foods        Protein foods         Fruit &              Dairy foods           Snack item (1)        Snack item    Chocolate   Crisps
                             such as bread,       such as meat,         Vegetable            such as                                     (2 or more)   products
                             pasta and rice       fish or pulses                             yoghurt

       Reception and Yr 1
       Class 2
       Class 3
       Class 4
       Class 5
       Class 6
       Percentage



       Year                  Starchy foods        Protein foods         Fruit &              Dairy foods           Snack item (1)        Snack item    Chocolate   Crisps
                             such as bread,       such as meat,         Vegetable            such as                                     (2 or more)   products
                             pasta and rice       fish or pulses                             yoghurt

       Reception and Yr 1
       Class 2
       Class 3
       Class 4
       Class 5
       Class 6
       average
       drinks
       sweetened
       unsweetened
       none


       Instructions for use: Use this form to help collect the information gained from your packed lunch survey.
       Under each heading add up the results for each of the food groups and then use this figure to work out the percentages and the average.
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       Tool 7
       Methods for discussing with stakeholders

             Questionnaires and surveys
             Questionnaires and surveys can help to gather information from a lot of people quickly. Lots of questions can be used such as:
             Closed questions
                D
             •	 	 oes	your	child	take	a	packed	lunch	to	school?
                yes          no
                D
             •	 	 o	you	feel	your	child’s	packed	lunch	is	healthy?
                yes          no
                W
             •	 	 hat	is	your	favourite	food	in	your	packed	lunch?
                W
             •	 	 hat	is	your	least	favourite	food	in	your	packed	lunch?
                D
             •	 	 o	you	think	there	are	foods	that	should	not	be	allowed	in	lunchboxes?
                yes          no
             Open questions
                W
             •	 	 hy	do	you	bring	in	a	packed	lunch	or	why	do	you	give	your	child	a	packed	lunch?
                W
             •	 	 hat	do	you	regularly	include	in	your	child’s	packed	lunch?
                W
             •	 	 hat	foods	do	you	think	should	be	discouraged	in	packed	lunches?
                W
             •	 	 hy	should	these	foods	be	discouraged?




             Boxes and stickers (pupils)
             This method can be used as another option to the questionnaire ideas above and is more suitable for gaining information from younger
             pupils.	This	activity	involves	giving	pupils	questions	with	possible	answers,	the	pupils	use	coloured	pens	or	stickers	to	select	their	answer.	
             Questions may include:
                D
             •	 	 o	you	take	a	packed	lunch	to	school?
                yes          no
                D
             •	 	 o	you	have	fruit	or	vegetables	in	your	packed	lunch?
                yes          no




             Suggestion box (parents and children)
             A	suggestion	box	can	be	used	for	the	whole	school	community	to	offer	ideas,	bring	up	problems	or	ask	questions	about	packed	lunches.	
             Using	a	suggestion	box	can	encourage	pupils	to	put	across	their	views	and	questions	in	secret	which	may	be	more	appealing	to	those	
             who	do	not	want	to	be	known.
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             Focus groups
             Focus	groups	can	be	used	with	many	groups	of	people,	parents	and	children	included.	For	focus	groups	to	be	successful	it	is	important	
             that those involved provide their true opinions to the questions asked.
             The	types	of	questions	used	are	similar	to	those	open	questions	used	within	a	questionnaire.	Open	questions	need	to	be	used	to	allow	
             for	conversation	to	develop	between	those	involved.
             A	focus	group	will	require	a	lead	person	to	lead	the	activity	with	another	to	write	ideas	on	a	flip	chart,	this	could	be	another	member	of	
             staff	or	a	pupil.	Your	focus	group	could	be	carried	out	with	a	parents	group	already	set	up	or	with	the	school	council.	Focus	groups	allow	
             schools to develop a greater understanding of the problems faced by pupils and parents and gives the chance to ask and investigate some
             of	these	problems	further.	Example	questions	can	include:
                D
             •	 	 o	your	children	have	packed	lunches	or	school	meals?
                W
             •	 	 hy	do	your	children	have	packed	lunches?
                W
             •	 	 hat	do	you	feel	is	a	healthy	packed	lunch?
                D
             •	 	 o	you	feel	your	child’s	or	own	packed	lunch	is	healthy?
                H
             •	 	 ow	do	you	think	we	can	make	packed	lunches	healthier	within	school?
                W
             •	 	 hat	do	you	feel	prevents	parents	from	providing	healthy	packed	lunches?
                H
             •	 	 ow	do	you	think	we	can	address	these	issues?
                W
             •	 	 hich	foods	do	you	feel	should	be	discouraged	within	packed	lunches?




             Problem wall/solution tree/graffiti wall
             This	method	could	be	used	within	a	school	to	give	all	stakeholders	an	opportunity	to	input	their	ideas	including	pupils,	teachers	and	
             parents.	This	would	also	be	a	suitable	method	of	discussion	at	events	such	as	parents	evenings.




             Dining room activity
             This	activity	can	be	used	to	gain	feedback	from	pupils	about	the	dining	room	in	particular.	Ask	pupils	to	draw	a	plan	of	the	dining	room;	
             using	happy	and	sad	faces	for	primary	pupils	and	coloured	post	it	notes	for	secondary	pupils,	encourage	them	to	think	about	and	write	
             down	the	things	they	like	and	dislike	about	the	dining	environment.	Once	they	have	completed	this,	ask	pupils	to	think	about	what	they	
             can do to improve the areas they dislike so you can start to develop a plan for your dining room.
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       Tool 8
       Parents Survey
       Dear Parent/Carer
       As	you	know	our	school	is	dedicated	to	developing	the	health	and	wellbeing	of	all	children	and	staff.	This	term	the	school	council	is	
       looking	at	how	we	can	improve	packed	lunches	within	school.	We’d	like	to	know	what	you	think	about	packed	lunches;	we’re	trying	to	
       find	out	how	they	could	be	improved	and	what	would	encourage	children	to	eat	healthy	packed	lunches.	Please	return	the	completed	
       questionnaire	by	(date)	to	the	school	office.	We	would	like	to	thank	you	very	much	for	your	help.

       About packed lunches –	please	circle	one	box


       1.       Does your child take a packed lunch? (circle one)

                     Yes        No          Sometimes




       2.       If your child takes a packed lunch, please could you explain why?




       3.	 	 ould	you	like	some	advice	about	what	makes	up	a	healthy	balanced	packed	
           W
           lunch for your child? (circle one)

                     Yes        No         Don’t know




       4.       Would you like some ideas and suggestions for healthy packed lunches? (circle one)

                     Yes        No         Don’t know




       5.	 	 o	you	think	that	some	types	of	foods	(for	example	crisps,	sweets	or	fizzy	drinks)	should	be	
           D
           discouraged or not allowed in packed lunches? (circle one)

                     Yes        No         Don’t know




       6.	      I
                	f	yes,	which	types	of	foods	should	be	discouraged	or	not	allowed	in	packed	lunches?
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       Tool 9
       School meals survey
       1.       What do you think of the school meal service at your school in general?
                Please circle one box only.
                    I like them      I quite like        I don’t like        I don’t like
                        a lot           them              them very          them at all         I don’t know
                                                             much




       2.       Are you entitled to free school meals?                            yes           no
                If yes, please go to question 3
                If no, please go to question 10 (next page)


       Below are some statements that other pupils have made about claiming for free school meals.
       Please circle one box that best matches how you feel claiming for your free school meal.



       3.       I feel comfortable having a free school meal

                   agree      not       disagree
                              sure




       4.       The free school meal allowance is enough for me to get plenty to eat
                   agree      not       disagree
                              sure




       5.       I feel embarrassed claiming for my free school meal

                   agree      not       disagree
                              sure




       6.       The school encourages me to take my free school meal

                   agree      not       disagree
                              sure




       7.       I worry other pupils might tease me about having a free school meal

                   agree      not       disagree
                              sure
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       8.       Claiming for a free school meal is easy

                   agree   not     disagree
                           sure




       9.       In your school you have a cashless system; do you think this will encourage you to
                have free school meal?

                     Yes   Not       no
                           sure




       9a. If yes please could you explain why?




       9b. If no please could you explain why?




       9c. Is there anything else that would encourage you to take your free school meal more often?
           If so, please comment below.
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       The food served
       These are statements that other pupils have made about their school meals.
       Thinking about your own school – please circle one box under each statement to show how much you agree or disagree with it.



       10. The food tastes good

                   agree     not        disagree
                             sure




       11. The portion sizes are too small

                   agree     not        disagree
                             sure




       12. The food looks nice

                   agree     not        disagree
                             sure




       13. There is plenty of choice

                   agree     not        disagree
                             sure




       14. They don’t serve the type of food I like to eat

                   agree     not        disagree
                             sure




       15. The food costs too much

                   agree     not        disagree
                             sure




       16. There are not many vegetarian options

                   agree     not        disagree
                             sure




       17. There are not enough options for my special diet requirements (e.g. dairy free, gluten free)

                   agree     not        disagree
                             sure




       18. I get a chance to say what I think about the food

                   agree     not        disagree
                             sure
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       19. If you have any other comments to make about the food served at your school
           please write them here.




       20. This question asks you how important each of the following are for you
           – please circle one for each.

       a. Being served quickly                                       very important   quite important   not important
       b. Having somewhere to sit                                    very important   quite important   not important
       c. A clean dining room                                        very important   quite important   not important
       d. Helpful staff                                              very important   quite important   not important
       e. Having enough time to eat                                  very important   quite important   not important
       f.   Being able to sit with my friends                        very important   quite important   not important
       g. The food tasting good                                      very important   quite important   not important
       h. Portion sizes being big enough                             very important   quite important   not important
       i.   The food looking nice                                    very important   quite important   not important
       j.   Having plenty of choice                                  very important   quite important   not important
       k. Having the type of food I like to eat                      very important   quite important   not important
       l.   Being a price I can afford                               very important   quite important   not important
       m. Having vegetarian options                                  very important   quite important   not important
          (contains no meat or fish)
       n. Having halal options                                       very important   quite important   not important
          (This is the food that Muslims are allowed to eat)
       o. Having kosher options                                      very important   quite important   not important
          (This is the food that Jewish people are allowed to eat)




       21. Which of the things listed below would make you choose a school meal more often?
           Please tick all that apply

       a wider range of food
       healthier food
       less queuing time
       cheaper prices
       more helpful staff
       a nicer dining room
       more seating
       food being more clearly labelled
       bigger portions
       being able to taste the food before buying it
       chance to win prizes
       theme days
       other (please describe below)




       22. Is there anything else that would improve the school meals in your school?
           If so, please comment below.
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       Tool 10
       Dining environment survey
       Your school dining room (or canteen)
       These are statements that other pupils have made about their school dining rooms. Thinking about your own – please circle one box
       under each statement to show how much you agree or disagree with it.



       1.       There are often long queues to be                              8.      The dining room is very noisy
                served at lunchtime
                                                                                         agree         not       disagree
                                                                                                       sure
                   agree      not       disagree
                              sure


                                                                               9.      It is clear what is on offer every day
       2.       The dining area is a nice place to be
                                                                                         agree         not       disagree
                                                                                                       sure
                   agree      not       disagree
                              sure


                                                                               10. If you have any other comments about your
       3.       The seating area is often overcrowded                              school dining room please write them here

                   agree      not       disagree
                              sure




       4.       I have enough time to eat my lunch

                   agree      not       disagree
                              sure




       5.       The seating area is messy

                   agree      not       disagree
                              sure




       6.       The staff are not very helpful

                   agree      not       disagree
                              sure




       7.       I get to sit with my friends

                   agree      not       disagree
                              sure
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       Tool 11
       Free school meals & school clothing
       allowance form

       Leeds benefit service together with social                                 Where do I send it?
                                                                                  Once you have filled in the form, you can return it to us in the
       services & Education Leeds, providing extra help                           prepaid envelope provided, or post it to the following address:
       for foster parents & family carers                                         Leeds Benefits Service,
       Do I qualify for help?                                                     Selectapost 15,
       If you have one or more school-age children in your long-term care and     2 Great George Street,
       you receive financial support from social services you can now claim       Leeds,
       both free school meals and school clothing allowance for                   LS1 2LE
       them as long as you receive one of the following benefits:
                                                                                  Or you can hand the form in at any of the one-stop centres below.
       • Income support, guarantee credit, income-based job
                                                                                  • Aireborough (Micklefield House, New Roadside, Rawdon),
         seekers allowance and child tax credit ONLY where your
         annual taxable income does not exceed £15,575 (this                      • Armley (2 Stock’s Hill),
         figure will be shown on your tax credit award letter). If you get any
                                                                                  • City Centre (2 Gt George St),
         amount of working tax credit you do not qualify for help.
                                                                                  • Dewsbury Road (190 Dewsbury Road),
       How do I get free school meals?
       You can claim free school meals if you have any children in your           • Garforth (1-5 Main Street),
       care who attend school full-time. This includes those in the sixth form,
                                                                                  • Halton Moor (Neville Road),
       those attending pupil referral units and specialist inclusive learning
       centres and those below reception age who have full day nursery places.    • Morley (Town Hall, Queen Street),
       We will notify the schools of your entitlement, all you need to do is
       advise them when you want to start taking them.                            • North Seacroft (Irford House, Seacroft Crescent),

       Carers who qualify for free school meals can also get school clothing      • Osmondthorpe (81A Wykebeck Mount),
       allowance. Again, the child(ren) must be attending school full-time but    • Otley (8 Boroughgate),
       they must also be of reception age or above and be below sixth form
       age. We send out one school clothing allowance cheque per child per        • Pudsey (Town Hall, Robin Lane),
       year. They vary in value from £20 to £37.50 each, depending on the         • Rothwell (Civic Buildings, Marsh Street),
       child’s age.
                                                                                  • South Seacroft (90-95 Moresdale Lane),
       How do I fill out the form?
       Complete the questions on both sides of the sheet, making sure that        • Wetherby (24 Westgate).
       you give us the following details: - your name, address and daytime        If you need help staff at these centres can help you fill in your form.
       telephone number, details of yourself and your partner including both
       your national insurance numbers, and details of all children under your    Will my other benefits be affected?
       care, including which schools they attend. Please do not include your      If you have already applied for and are receiving housing or council tax
       own children here. Next, tell us which of the qualifying benefits you      benefit these will not be affected.You will automatically be considered
       receive. In most cases, we will have proof already so you won’t need to    for free school meals and school clothing for your own children if you
       provide any documents unless we ask you to. Finally, read and sign the     are receiving these benefits.
       declaration at the end of the form.                                        If you have any questions or you need help to complete the form, please
                                                                                  phone 0113 224 3929 or 0113 395 1721 during normal office hours.
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       Tool 12
       Three easy steps to getting
       free school meals

       Information from the Leeds school meals team                                  Make a benefit claim with Leeds benefits service
                                                                                     If you are already getting help with your rent or council tax, getting free
       working together with Leeds benefit service.                                  school meals for other children, or if you are a registered asylum seeker
       Am I entitled to free school meals?                                           there are no forms to fill in. Leeds benefit service will automatically
       If you are a parent, guardian or foster carer who has children in full-time   award free school meals for any children starting school or going up
       school education and you get one of the following benefits:                   to high school and will also let the school know in writing. If you do
                                                                                     not hear from Leeds benefit service immediately, please call them on
       • Income support, income-based job seekers allowance, guarantee               0845 127 0113.
         credit, or
       • If you are over 16, still at school and claiming income support in your     The final step
         own right then the answer is yes, you are entitled to free school           Once you have been told you qualify, please contact the school and tell
         meals.                                                                      the secretary that you would like your child to start taking free school
                                                                                     meals. They should already have the details and there is no need to tell
       You are also entitled if you come under any of the following:                 anyone else. Schools are able to give you sample menus, so if you would
       • If you get child tax credit only and your annual taxable income is          like one please ask at reception. Free school meals are good for your
         £15,595 or less.                                                            children and great for you.
       • If you are a full-time student.
       • If you work less than 16 hours a week.
       • If you are unable to work due to disability.                                Criteria for free school meals entitlement correct at publication
                                                                                     October 2008.
       If you are not sure what your taxable income is please
       call the inland revenue helpline on 0845 300 3900.
       Are you living with your own parents or close relatives, or just staying
       with friends? If yes, you are still eligible for free school meals for your
       children but you will need to fill out an application form and mark on
       it that it is for education benefits only. Call into any one-stop centre or
       call Leeds benefit service (LBS) on 0845 127 0113.
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       Tool 13
       Ideas and activities for marketing
       and communication
       Competitions                                                                  Curriculum links
       •	 	 esign	a	healthy	packed	lunch	–	pupils	are	provided	with	an	image	
          D                                                                          Teaching	children	about	how	important	a	healthy	balanced	diet	is	will	
          of	an	empty	lunch	box.	Ask	pupils	to	design	a	healthy	packed	lunch.	       encourage	good	food	items	to	be	placed	in	packed	lunches.	Base	all	
          The	winner	of	the	competition	will	be	the	person	who	creates	the	          teaching	on	the	‘eatwell’	plate	and	5	a	day	messages.	
          healthiest	packed	lunch.	The	winner	could	receive	a	prize	such	as	a	
          new	lunch	box.
          H
       •	 	 ealthy	eating	quiz	–	can	be	done	in	many	different	ways,	as	a	
          written	quiz	for	pupils	to	take	home,	this	could	include	more	difficult	
          questions	as	the	pupils	may	be	able	to	research	the	answers.	A	quiz	
          could	also	be	done	in	the	classroom	with	the	winner	receiving	a	
          reward	such	as	a	sticker	or	extra	golden	time.




             Key Messages
             The ‘eatwell’ plate:	having	a	balance	and	variety	of	foods	in	the	diet	is	important	for	health.	Aiming	for	this	balance	every	day	
             is	a	sensible	way	of	approaching	healthy	eating,	although	it	is	not	necessary	to	achieve	it	at	every	meal.	Choosing	different	foods	from	
             within	each	food	group	is	also	important	as	this	adds	to	the	range	of	nutrients	eaten,	as	well	as	variety	to	the	diet.
             5 a day:	Eating	a	variety	of	at	least	5	portions	of	fruit	and	vegetables	a	day	could	lower	the	risk	of	diseases	such	as	heart disease,
             stroke and some cancers	(WHO	1990).
             For	further	information	please	go	to:
             Food Standards Agency                   	www.eatwell.gov.uk
             The ‘eatwell’ plate                     www.eatwell.gov.uk/healthydiet/eatwellplate
             5 a day                                 www.5aday.nhs.uk




       Use	both	theory	and	practical	based	sessions	to	help	support	healthy	         Other ideas
       eating	messages.	Click	here	for	example	lesson	plans	and	activities.             C
                                                                                     •	 	 ontact	and	make	links	with	local	restaurants;	invite	chefs	into	school	
                                                                                        to	run	cooking	demonstrations	for	pupils	and	parents.
       Try	and	keep	away	from	telling	pupils	about	your	personal	beliefs	in	
       food.	When	talking	about	food	and	nutrition,	keep	messages	simple	               C
                                                                                     •	 	 ontact	local	supermarkets	to	sponsor	events	such	as	food	tasting	
       and	always	refer	to	the	‘eatwell’	plate	to	ensure	clear	and	reliable	            for	pupils	and	teachers.	Ask	if	it	would	be	possible	to	visit	the	
       information	is	passed	on	to	pupils.	It	is	important	to	remember	that	            supermarket	and	have	a	tour	looking	at	different	items	to	put	in	
       no	food	is	a	‘bad’	food;	the	message	should	be	that	high	fat,	sugar	and	         lunchboxes.
       salt	foods	need	to	be	eaten	in	small	amounts	and	foods	such	as	fruit,	
                                                                                        L
                                                                                     •	 	 ink	with	your	catering	provider	to	explore	what	activities	they	might	
       vegetables	and	starchy	foods	need	to	be	eaten	in	larger	amounts.
                                                                                        be	able	to	support	within	school.
       Posters
                                                                                        V
                                                                                     •	 	 isit	your	local	shops	to	look	at	what	types	of	foods	are	available	
       Posters	can	be	designed	by	pupils	to	promote	your	packed	lunch	policy.	
                                                                                        for	lunchboxes.	Compare	different	retailers	for	cost	and	the	types	of	
       Or,	winning	designs	from	competitions	can	be	used	to	make	posters.	
                                                                                        food	items	available.
       These	can	be	displayed	around	school	or	sent	home	to	parents.
                                                                                        E
                                                                                     •	 	 ncourage	pupils	to	talk	with	their	parents	and	carers	about	the	
       Whole school events
                                                                                        lunches	that	they	take	to	eat	at	work.	Explore	how	the	whole	
          A
       •	 	 ssemblies	–	An	assembly	may	be	used	to	explain	the	importance	
                                                                                        family	can	make	changes	to	their	packed	lunches	therefore	changing	
          of	a	healthy	packed	lunch	as	part	of	a	child’s	balanced	diet.	
                                                                                        family	health.
          H
       •	 	 ealthy picnic day	–	demonstrate	to	pupils	different	items	which	
          can	be	included	in	a	healthy	packed	lunch.
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       Tool 14
       Classroom based activities
       Topic                               Healthy packed lunches
       Year                                5 or 6


         Learning Objectives
         By the end of the session pupils will:
         • State three foods from each food group that could be put into a packed lunch.
         • Design a healthy meal using the ‘eatwell’ plate as a guide.
         • Produce a design of their healthy packed lunch to be used as part of a display for their health week/parents evening.


         Resources required                                                             Teaching and learning strategies
         • ‘eatwell’ plate floor mat or poster                                          • Small group and whole group activity
         • Food group flash cards                                                       • Individual worksheets
         • Materials such as paper, card and pens for pupils to draw their
           meal ideas.



         Lesson Outline
         Structure                                       Key discussion points                                                     Time taken
         Introduction to the session                     • A short discussion to introduce the pupils to food and why we           15 minutes
                                                           need to eat healthily. Why do we need food? Why is it important to
                                                           have a healthy diet? What types of food do they enjoy eating?
                                                         • Whole class to be shown the ‘eatwell’ plate using the poster and
                                                           floor mat. Discussion about each of the food groups.
                                                         • Give pupils different examples of foods and ask them which food
                                                            group they would place them in.
                                                         • Each pupil to note the correct number of portions for each section.

         Choosing foods to make                          • In pairs or groups pupils to list the items that could go into a food   15 minutes
         a healthy lunch                                   group suitable for a cold meal.
                                                         • Put together a class list, using floor mat and models wherever
                                                           possible or create a board list.

         Design a healthy lunch activity                 • Pupils to decide what their design is going to be made up of using      20 minutes
                                                           the class list and share ideas.
                                                         • Pupils to start to design their healthy packed lunch

         Summary                                         • Give a summary and talk about the main points from the session          10 minutes
                                                           asking pupils to show their designs to the rest of the class.



         Evaluation and reflection

         What went well:



         Even better if:
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       Topic                            Tuna pasta salad
       Age of pupils                    Can be adapted for any year


         Session aims
         The session has been designed to:
         • Encourage children to try new foods;
         • Strengthen healthy eating messages;
         • Teach children basic food hygiene and knife skills; and
         • Encourage ideas for packed lunches.


         Resources required
         Equipment                                      Ingredients                                                     Resources
         •   Chopping board.                            • Cooked pasta, sweet corn, tuna, cucumber, red                 • 5 a day poster and postcards.
         •   Knife.                                       onion, cherry tomatoes and salad cream.                       • Laminated recipes for children
         •   Mixing bowl.                                                                                                 to follow.
         •   Spoons.                                                                                                    • Recipe sheets for children to
         •   Plates.                                                                                                      complete after the session.
                                                                                                                        • Worksheets.


         Lesson Outline
         Structure                                      Key discussion points                                                         Time taken
         Introduction to the session                    • Introduce the activity.                                                     10 minutes
                                                        • Ask the pupils what they need to consider before they start the
                                                          activity. Explain the importance of washing hands before handling
                                                          food. Also, explain that if any food is dropped on the floor it should
                                                          be thrown away.
                                                        • All pupils to wash their hands.
                                                        • Split children into groups around the tables.
                                                        • All children to wear an apron.

                                                        • Take the pupils through each of the ingredients that will be used to        10 minutes
                                                          make the recipe. Use this time to talk about:
                                                        • What counts towards their 5 a day (e.g. fresh, frozen, canned,
                                                          fruit juice)
                                                        • The ‘eatwell’ plate
                                                        • Allow the children to try any ingredients they haven’t eaten before.
                                                        • Talk to the group about the equipment they will be using.
                                                        • Take this opportunity to talk about the importance of good knife
                                                          skills and how care must be taken with sharp knives.

                                                        • Show the class how to make a pasta salad                                    5 minutes

                                                        • Give each table a tray of ingredients. Allow them time to use the           15 minutes
                                                          recipe to guide them on how to make the pasta salad.

                                                        •   Wash all equipment                                                        15 minutes
                                                        •   Give out the recipe sheets for the children to complete.
                                                        •   Talk with the class about their like, dislikes and so on.
                                                        •   Use the other worksheets as required.



         Evaluation and reflection

         What went well:


         Even better if:
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       Tool 15
       Food policies – in brief

       Who you are?                                                                 What you are currently doing, for example?
       a. School name.                                                              l. breakfast – open to whom.
       b. Authors.
                                                                                    m. break – items served, cost to whom etc.
       c. Consultation group.
                                                                                    n. drinks provision – what , where , when.
       Statement of principles and ideas:
       d. Healthy eating.                                                           o. lunch time including packed lunches.*
       e. Goals of fruit, vegetables, fats, salt etc.                               p. dining room environment including menus across school.*
       f.   Include simple statement about foods not to be served or brought        q. opportunities for after school.
            onto premises. This may be cans and confectionary in the first
                                                                                    r.   involving adults.
            instance.
                                                                                    s. Curriculum.
       g. Different foods available at meal and snack occasions.
                                                                                    What you are aiming to achieve?
       h. Targets for numbers of diners such as:
                                                                                    t. review ‘food in school’ areas plus any in 3 above that are relevant,
            i) total meal numbers.                                                     own specific needs and ideas.
            ii) uptake free school meals towards an ideal of all those entitled.
                                                                                    How will you do it?
            iii) statement regarding pupils leaving site at lunch-time (secondary
                                                                                    u. set priorities.
            issue).
                                                                                    v. involvement of school council and health forum.
       i.   Whole school occasions– rewards, sponsorship etc.*
                                                                                    w. action plan to give focus, clarity, delegation of activities.
       j.   Inclusive – cultural, age, special diets.*
                                                                                    How will you inform and disseminate it to the school
       k. Fair trade, organic, local.*
                                                                                    community*
       Financial statement: (more relevant for secondary schools)
                                                                                    How and when will you review?
          i) overall ‘profit intention’.
                                                                                    x. Date.
            ii) subsidy of specific items.
                                                                                    y. what will you gather as evidence.
            iii) cross subsidy from breakfast to lunch for example.
                                                                                    z. who will you inform.
            iv) income from vending and special events.

                                                                                    Print it, frame it, celebrate it, and use it!


                                                                                    *Required for Leeds advanced healthy schools award
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       Tool 16
       School statement:
       Commitment to families
       With special thanks to Queensway Primary School for sharing the following information.

       Healthy food and drink home : school agreement
       In terms of food and drink the following measures operate at our school:
          W
       •	 	 e	will	work	with	pupils	to	provide	attractive	and	suitable	dining	arrangements	for	pupils	having	a	school	meal	or	packed	lunch.
          T
       •	 	 he	school	will	ensure	that	free,	fresh	drinking	water	is	readily	available	at	lunch	times	for	all	pupils.
          W
       •	 	 here	possible	the	school	will	ensure	that	packed	lunch	pupils	and	school	lunch	pupils	will	be	able	to	sit	together.
          T
       •	 	 he	school	will	work	with	parents	to	make	sure	that	packed	lunches	follow	the	school	food	standards.
          A
       •	 	 s	fridge	space	is	not	available	in	school,	pupils	are	advised	to	bring	packed	lunches	in	insulated	bags	with	freezer	blocks,	this	will	stop	food	from	
          going	off.
          B
       •	 	 e	aware	of	nut	allergies.	We	recommend	you	visit	the	www.allergyinschools.co.uk	website	for	correct	and	reliable	information	on	managing	
          allergies	in	schools.
          A
       •	 	 ll	pupils	are	provided	with	a	water	bottle	at	the	beginning	of	term.	This	should	be	taken	home	each	day	and	cleaned.	Pupils	can	fill	their	water	
          bottles	at	school.
          O
       •	 	 nly	fruit	and	vegetables	can	be	eaten	at	break-time.
          O
       •	 	 ur	school	is	part	of	the	school	fruit	and	vegetable	scheme	which	gives	a	portion	of	fruit	and	vegetables	to	pupils	in	reception	and	key	stage	1.
          W
       •	 	 e	also	recognise	that	some	pupils	may	require	special	diets	that	do	not	allow	for	our	policy	to	be	exactly	met.	In	this	case	parents	are	asked	to	
          tell	the	school	and	to	be	responsible	for	providing	healthy	packed	lunches	which	fit	with	your	child’s	medical	condition.	For	these	reasons,	pupils	
          are	not	allowed	to	swap	food	items	at	lunchtime.
          F
       •	 	 amilies	with	concerns	regarding	cultural	suitability	should	contact	the	school	to	seek	support.
          F
       •	 	 amilies	are	welcome	to	visit	the	school	dining	and	kitchen	areas.
          T
       •	 	 he	school	is	committed	to	work	closely	with	the	catering	provider	to	ensure	our	school	food	meets	the	needs	of	all	our	families.	
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       Tool 17
       New packed lunch policy
       Letter templates
       On this and the next page you will find a series of three letter templates for you to use.
       Template 1
       Dear Parent(s)/Carer(s),
       As part of our commitment to being a healthy school, we carried out a lunch box survey. As a result of this survey we found most children were
       provided with a healthy packed lunch, however a lot of children were found to be bringing drinks in that were not classed as healthy.
       School council along with the support of senior management have decided that from September 2008, children bringing packed lunches will no
       longer be required to bring drinks, school will provide water on the tables like we do for children having school meals.
       The work that we have completed on packed lunches has linked us to the new Education Leeds packed lunch policy, for more information please go
       to the school meals website at www.educationleeds.co.uk/schoolmeals
       Thank you for your support
       School council



       Template 2
       Dear Parent(s)/Carer(s),
       We, on the school council thought we would write to you about healthy lunchboxes. Our discussion group have noticed that some children are
       bringing in unhealthy food at lunchtime, such as sweets and fizzy drinks.
       Part of being a healthy school means healthy eating. We would like to ask you not to send in sweets or fizzy drinks in your child’s packed lunch from
       now on. Cooled water is available in school at all times and fresh fruit, which is a healthy alternative to sugary snacks, is on sale in our tuck shop at
       break-time at a cost of 20p per piece.
       The work that we have completed on packed lunches has linked us to the new Education Leeds packed lunch policy, for more information on this
       please go to the school meals website at www.educationleeds.co.uk/schoolmeals
       Thank you for your support.
       Yours faithfully,
       School council


       Template 3
       Dear Parent(s)/Carer(s),
       As you will be aware our school meals have improved a lot recently. We have introduced the new school meals standards and have worked very
       closely with our catering provider to improve the standard of the food served. As a school we are also working towards the Leeds healthy school
       standard. As part of this we are working towards a whole school approach to healthy eating, this includes packed lunches. After much discussion
       with pupils, parents, governors and our school cooks, we have decided to introduce a policy for packed lunches. This will help your children to eat
       well and ensure that all pupils are following the School Food Trust guidelines and national standards.
       Please find attached a copy of our new policy. This will be started from _________. As well as our new policy, please find attached some guidance
       and examples for healthier packed lunches.
       The work that we have completed on packed lunches has linked us to the new Education Leeds packed lunch policy, for more information please go
       to the school meals website at www.educationleeds.co.uk/schoolmeals
       If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me,
       Kind regards,




       Additional letter templates can be found on the School Food Trust
       website at www.schoolfoodtrust.org.uk/content.asp?ContentId=510
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       Tool 18
       Guidance for parents and carers
       When packing a lunch try to include foods from each of
       the four main food groups:
          B
       •	 	 read,	cereals	and	potatoes;
          M
       •	 	 eat,	fish	and	other;
          M
       •	 	 ilk	and	dairy	foods;	and
          F
       •	 	 ruit	and	vegetables.
       Use the boxes below to help pick suitable foods.




            Bread, cereals and potatoes                               Meat, fish and others
            Carbohydrate	foods	provide	us	with	energy.	These	foods	   Small	amounts	of	protein	foods	should	be	included	in	packed	
            include	bread,	pasta,	rice	and	potato.                    lunches	such	as	meat,	beans	and	eggs.	These	can	be	used	to	
                                                                      make	sandwich	fillings	or	added	to	salads.
            Foods	which	can	be	included	in	a	packed	lunch	include:
                                                                      Foods	which	can	be	used	in	packed	lunches	include:
            •	   	 itta	bread,	wraps	and	bagels
                 P
            •	   	 lice	bread,	bread	rolls,	and	baguettes
                 S                                                    •	   C
                                                                           	 hicken	
            •	   P
                 	 asta,	rice	or	couscous,	                           •	   	 urkey	
                                                                           T
            •	   	 nglish	muffins
                 E                                                    •	   E
                                                                           	 ggs	
            •	   	 read	sticks	or	crackers
                 B                                                    •	   	 ish	such	as	tuna	and	salmon	
                                                                           F
                                                                      •	   C
                                                                           	 hickpeas,	lentils	and	beans
                                                                      •	   H
                                                                           	 am	
                                                                      •	   	 eef
                                                                           B




            Dairy                                                     5 a Day
            Dairy	foods	contain	calcium	which	helps	to	keep	bones	    We	should	aim	to	eat	5	portions	of	fruit	and	vegetables	each	
            and	teeth	strong.	Foods	which	are	suitable	for	packed	    day.	Try	to	include	at	least	1	vegetable	or	salad	item	and	1	fruit	
            lunches	include:                                          item	in	your	child’s	packed	lunch.
            •	   	 heese
                 C                                                       D
                                                                      •	 	 ried	fruit	such	as	raisins,	apricots	and	dates
            •	   Y
                 	 oghurt                                                1
                                                                      •	 	 00%	fruit	juice	or	made	from	concentrate
            •	   C
                 	 ottage	cheese                                         V
                                                                      •	 	 egetables	such	as	carrot	sticks,	celery	or	sweet	peppers
            •	   	 heese	spread
                 C
                                                                      www.5aday.nhs.uk
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       Suggested suitable snacks:                                                   Packed lunch safety:
       Avoid	snacks	which	are	high	in	salt,	sugar	and	fat	for	example	savoury	         A
                                                                                    •	 	 	cold	pack	or	insulated	lunchbox	can	help	to	keep	food	cool,	
       snacks	and	confectionary.	These	products	provide	‘empty	calories’	which	        appetising	and	safe.
       children	fill	up	on	but	do	not	provide	the	important	nutrients	they	            U
                                                                                    •	 	 se	a	small	ice	pack	or	gel	pack	to	keep	your	lunchbox	cool.	Or,	
       need	for	healthy	physical	and	mental	development.	Instead	why	not	try	          freeze	a	carton	of	fruit	juice	and	pop	this	in	your	lunchbox	before	
       packing	one	of	the	following	in	the	lunchbox:                                   going	to	school	in	the	morning.
                                                                                       A
                                                                                    •	 	 void	putting	warm	food	into	the	lunch	box	as	this	will	cause	the	
       •	   A
            	 	small	bag	of	plain	popcorn
                                                                                       other	contents	to	become	warm.
       •	   	 ne	slice	of	fruit	loaf	or	fruit	bread
            o
                                                                                       S
                                                                                    •	 	 ome	sandwiches	can	be	frozen	in	advance;	this	will	not	only	save	
       •	   	 read	sticks	with	cheese	spread
            B
                                                                                       time	in	the	mornings	but	will	also	keep	the	contents	of	the	lunchbox	
       •	   A
            	 	fruit	muffin
                                                                                       cool	until	lunchtime.
       •	   C
            	 arrot	cake
                                                                                       K
                                                                                    •	 	 eep	the	lunchbox	in	the	fridge	until	you	are	ready	to	leave	in	the	
       •	   	 cones
            S
                                                                                       morning.
       •	   t
            	 wo	plain	or	fruit	biscuits
                                                                                       E
                                                                                    •	 	 ach	night,	after	use,	wash	lunchboxes	carefully	in	warm	soapy	water.
       •	   C
            	 hopped	carrot,	celery	and	sweet	peppers	with	a	dip	such	as	
                                                                                       A
                                                                                    •	 	 sk	for	access	to	school	fridges	and	cool	rooms	to	store	packed	
            hummus
                                                                                       lunches.
       •	   A
            	 	packet	of	raisins
       •	   	 ini	pot	of	jelly	with	fruit
            M                                                                       Sandwich fillings:
       •	   	 	small	slice	of	flapjack
            A                                                                       Try	to	include	a	vegetable,	salad	or	fruit	item	with	sandwich	fillings	to	
       •	   A
            	 	small	tub	of	mixed	nuts,	seeds	and	dried	fruits                      give	a	boost	to	your	child’s	5	a	day,	for	example:
       Drinks:                                                                      •	   	 una,	sweetcorn	and	cucumber.
                                                                                         T
       Try	to	swap	fizzy	drinks	for	alternatives	such	as	milk,	fruit	juice,	        •	   H
                                                                                         	 am	and	lettuce.
       smoothies,	yoghurt	drinks	or	water.	Fizzy	drinks	can	add	to	tooth	decay	     •	   	 almon	and	cucumber.
                                                                                         S
       due	to	their	high	sugar	content	and	can	also	cause	spillages	at	lunchtime	   •	   	 hicken,	lettuce,	cucumber.
                                                                                         C
       due	to	their	exploding	nature!	Include	small	cartons	of	milk	and	fruit	      •	   E
                                                                                         	 gg	and	cress.
       juice	or	a	small	bottle	of	water	in	the	lunchbox	instead.                    •	   	 eanut	butter	and	apple.
                                                                                         P
                                                                                    •	   C
                                                                                         	 heese	and	cucumber	.
       Your	school	is	now	offering	water	to	all	pupils	at	lunchtime	so	you	may	
       not	need	to	pack	a	drink	at	all.                                             Tip: Avoid	using	tomato	in	sandwiches	as	it	makes	the	bread	go	soggy	
                                                                                    and	can	become	not	very	tasty.
       Try	to	avoid	anything	that	says	‘drink’	on	the	label	for	example	fruit	
       drink	or	fruit	juice	drink	as	these	can	be	very	sugary	or	contain	lots	      Use	a	variety	of	breads	to	keep	the	lunch	interesting	for	example	
       of	additives.	                                                               change	between	bread	rolls,	pitta	breads	and	wraps.
       Tips:                                                                        Other options available:
          S
       •	 	 easonal	fruit	and	vegetables	are	often	cheaper	and	more	nutritious	     Why	not	pack	one	of	the	following	in	a	plastic	container	and	include	it	
          than	fruit	and	vegetables	bought	out	of	season.                           as	another	option	to	sandwiches:
          E
       •	 	 ncourage	your	children	to	pack	their	own	lunch.	Help	them	to	pick	
                                                                                    •	   	 una	and	pasta	salad.
                                                                                         T
          healthy	choices	that	are	fun	to	eat.	If	they	pick	and	pack	their	lunch	
                                                                                    •	   M
                                                                                         	 ini	pizza	made	with	a	topping	of	a	variety	of	vegetables.
          themselves	they	are	more	likely	to	eat	it.
                                                                                    •	   	 oasted	vegetables	and	rice.
                                                                                         R
          D
       •	 	 uring	the	winter	months	send	homemade	soup	to	school	in	a	flask.
                                                                                    •	   	 hicken	salad	with	a	chunk	of	french	bread.
                                                                                         C
          I
       •	 	f	your	child	won’t	eat	brown	or	wholemeal	bread	why	not	try	using	
                                                                                    •	   	 egetable	curry	with	rice.
                                                                                         V
          a	slice	of	brown	bread	and	a	slice	of	white	bread	to	make	their	
          sandwiches.                                                               Tip: Don’t	forget	to	include	a	fork	(if	needed)
          A
       •	 	 lways	try	to	pack	a	variety	of	foods	each	week	in	a	packed	lunch	to	
                                                                                    Cultural provision
          keep	lunchtime	interesting.
                                                                                    For	various	cultural	ideas	please	look	at	www.healthylunch.org.uk
          I
       •	 	f	your	children	won’t	give	up	fizzy	drinks	why	not	use	a	reusable	
          beaker	and	mix	fruit	juice	with	sparkling	water.                          The	site	offers	suggestions	which	can	also	be	translated	into	various	
          T
       •	 	 ake	care	with	the	number	of	items	or	amount	of	food	you	put	in	the	     languages.
          packed	lunch.	It	is	better	that	they	eat	everything	up	than	get	fed	up	
          halfway	through	and	waste	food.
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       Tool 19
       Packed lunch suggestions
            •	   	 hicken	and	cucumber	in	a	wholemeal	roll
                 C                                           •	   	 gg	and	cress	sandwich
                                                                  E                                          W
                                                                                                          •	 	 rap	with	cucumber	and	tuna	mixed	with	
            •	   C
                 	 rackers	and	cheese	spread                 •	   S
                                                                  	 atsuma                                   small	amount	of	mayonnaise
            •	   	 ortion	of	grapes
                 P                                           •	   	 ruit	yoghurt
                                                                  F                                          A
                                                                                                          •	 	 pple
            •	   	 ruit	yoghurt
                 F                                           •	   	 ortion	of	raisins
                                                                  P                                          F
                                                                                                          •	 	 ruit	yoghurt		
            •	   W
                 	 ater                                      •	   	 ater
                                                                  W                                          P
                                                                                                          •	 	 ortion	of	raisins
                                                                                                             W
                                                                                                          •	 	 ater
            £0.97                                            £0.80
                                                                                                          £1.04



            •	   H
                 	 am	and	lettuce	sandwich                   •	   T
                                                                  	 una,	sweetcorn	and	pasta	salad	       •	   	 heese	and	cucumber	sandwich
                                                                                                               C
            •	   A
                 	 pple                                      •	   C
                                                                  	 ucumber	sticks                        •	   P
                                                                                                               	 ortion	of	grapes
            •	   	 mall	slice	of	fruit	loaf
                 S                                           •	   	 atsuma
                                                                  S                                       •	   	 oghurt
                                                                                                               Y
            •	   Y
                 	 oghurt                                    •	   	 	fruit	biscuits
                                                                  2                                       •	   	 ruit	Squash
                                                                                                               F
            •	   	 ater
                 W                                           •	   	 ater
                                                                  W
                                                                                                          £0.91
            £0.90                                            £0.98



                                                                                                      *	average	prices	across	three	stores;		Asda,	Tesco	&	Sainsburys	
                                                                                                      (June	2008)
            •	   L
                 	 entil	and	vegetable	curry	with	chapatti   •	   W
                                                                  	 rap	with	cheese	and	mixed	beans
            •	   A
                 	 pple	                                     •	   	 arrot	sticks
                                                                  C
            •	   	 oghurt	
                 Y                                           •	   A
                                                                  	 	small	bunch	of	grapes	
            •	   W
                 	 ater                                      •	   W
                                                                  	 ater

            £1.05                                            £0.99
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       Tool 20
       Click here to Create your own school
       ‘at a glance’ packed lunch policy
       Enter school name:
       For a balanced packed lunch select these healthier foods and drinks:

                                         Fruit and
                                        Vegetables



                                        Meat and
                                       Alternatives



                                          Oily Fish




                                      Starchy Food




                                         Milk and
                                        Dairy Food



                                    Drinking Water




                                         Healthier
                                          Drinks




       Avoid including these foods in packed lunches:

                                           Snacks




                                     Confectionery




                                     Meat Products




       †Be aware of nut allergies. Refer to the school policy on nuts or visit www.allergyinschools.co.uk for more information
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       Enter school name:

       For a balanced packed lunch select these healthier foods and drinks:


                                         Fruit and
                                        Vegetables



                                        Meat and
                                       Alternatives



                                          Oily Fish




                                      Starchy Food




                                         Milk and
                                        Dairy Food



                                    Drinking Water




                                         Healthier
                                          Drinks




       Avoid including these foods in packed lunches:


                                           Snacks




                                     Confectionery




                                     Meat Products




       †Be aware of nut allergies. Refer to the school policy on nuts or visit www.allergyinschools.co.uk for more information
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       Tool 21
       The ‘eatwell plate’
                                                                   The eatwell plate
                                                  Use the eatwell plate to help you get the balance right. It shows
                                                  how much of what you eat should come from each food group.



                                         Fruit and                                                               Bread, rice,
                                        vegetables                                                             potatoes, pasta
                                                                                                             and other starchy foods




                               Meat, fish,                                                                               Milk and
                               eggs, beans                                                                              dairy foods
                            and other non-dairy
                             sources of protein
                                                                       Foods and drinks
                                                                    high in fat and/or sugar




                Fruit and vegetables               Bread, rice,                          Milk and dairy foods              Meat, fish, eggs,
                Any fruit and vegetables           potatoes, pasta                       Try to include dairy food         beans
                can be included, try               All varieties of starchy              every day.                        Either meat, fish, eggs or
                to include at least one            foods are acceptable, try                                               another source of non-
                portion a day.                     to include wholegrain                                                   dairy protein should be
                                                   when possible.                                                          included every day.




                Foods high in fat                  Drinks high in fat and/or sugar
                and/or sugar                       Schools may choose to implement a
                Small amounts of food              ‘water only’ policy. To meet standards
                high in fat and/or sugar           fresh drinking water should be available
                can be eaten in a balanced         at all times and all fizzy drinks including
                diet, but should not               sugar-free and diet should be barred.
                be included in packed
                lunches. We ask that they
                are eaten outside school.
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       Tool 22
       Lunchtime monitor forms
       With special thanks to Bankside Primary School for sharing the following information.

       Example advert for lunchtime helpers:




           Dinnertime helper
           Can you help at lunchtimes?
           Would you like to help make our lunchtimes happier times?
           Are you calm and caring?
           Do you know the importance of being a great helper?
           Would like to help children in the dining hall?
              L
           •	 	 ining	up	(2	needed)
              S
           •	 	 erving	water	(2	needed)
              P
           •	 	 acked	lunches	(2	needed)
              T
           •	 	 otal	number	of	children	needed	12	(	6	to	work	every	other	week)


           Closing	date:


           Interviews	held	week	beginning:




       Lunchtime helper application form:
       Name:	                                               Class:
       Date:
       Why	do	you	want	to	be	a	lunchtime	helper?




       What	do	you	think	a	lunchtime	helpers	role	should	be?




       Why	do	you	think	it	is	important	to	make	lunchtimes	a	happy	time?
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       Lunchtime helper interview questions:


       Name:	                                                      Class:
       Date:


       If	a	child	has	a	packet	of	crisps	in	their	lunchbox	what	would	you	do?




       If	you	see	a	child	who	is	upset	at	lunchtime	and	isn’t	eating	their	lunch	what	could	you	say	to	the	child?




       If	a	child	hasn’t	eaten	their	lunch	and	are	taking	it	to	the	bin	what	would	you	do?




       Lunchtime helper contract:


       School	Name:


       I:	                                         from	class:
       Agree	that	as	a	happy	lunchtime	helper	
       I:
       •	    S
             	 hall	model	my	best	behaviour	at	all	times;
       •	    	 hall	be	positive	and	encourage	children	to	finish	their	lunches;
             S
       •	    	 ill	acknowledge	their	healthy	choices;
             W
       •	    	 ill	help	to	sort	out	challenges;	and
             W
       •	    S
             	 hall	tell	the	lunchtime	staff	of	the	challenges.


       Signed:


       Date:
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       Tool 23
       Award examples




                            Healthy Packed
                             Lunch Award

                                          Presented to



                               for bringing a fruit or vegetable in his/her
                                 packed lunch everyday for two weeks


                            Signed
                            Date
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       Education Leeds
       Creating a packed lunch policy




                                 Healthy
                               Eater Award

                                            Presented to



                                   for eating a fruit or vegetable everyday
                                                for two weeks


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