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Healthy Eating Self-Assessment

According to Public Health England, schools who take a ‘whole-school approach’, providing healthy meals to all students, show academic improvements at key stage 1 and 2. As part of the Healthy Schools Support Service there is also a stand-alone Healthy Eating Accreditation which schools can work towards at different levels, if they so choose. We will be supporting schools in being able to achieve this through teacher CPD, in-school workshops, lesson plans and resource provision as well as whole school approaches and parent engagement.

Check to see if your school is complying with health standard in relation to food education, school food standards and the provision of opportunities to grow and cook fresh foods.

Self Assessment Tool   

Food Smart Scheme

Rates of overweight and obesity in both children and adults are continuing to rise nationally and locally. Helping children to have healthy attitudes and behaviours, along with good evidence based knowledge will enable them to make healthy choices as the default option and will allow them to develop and demonstrate the skills and abilities necessary to make informed choices about what they eat and drink, when and why.

Food and nutrition is a major part of all our lives; it impacts us both physically and mentally and this is no different for children. A healthy diet has a positive impact on how well children do in school as well as their overall health and well-being. According to the government’s childhood obesity plan for action, obesity rates in children are higher than ever before and so our focus on improving the diets of children is ever more urgent.

Getting children to eat well is a challenge. We know that children aren’t getting enough fruit, vegetables and fibre, are eating too many foods that are high in saturated fats and salt and are eating double the amount of sugar recommended.

We can play a crucial part in turning this around by:

  • Teaching children about being healthy
  • Allowing children to develop their cooking skills
  • Giving children the opportunity to grow fresh food

Healthy Schools is here to support schools and address these issues by offering opportunities for children to get hands-on with food. It encourages schools to take a whole approach to food including snacks, school meals and packed lunches. According to Public Health England, schools who take a ‘whole-school approach’, providing healthy meals to all students, show academic improvements at key stage 1 and 2.

As a partner, PECT will be supporting schools in being able to achieve this through teacher CPD, in-school workshops, lesson plans and resource provision as well as whole school approaches and parent engagement.

Accreditation Scheme

Each level of the award is broken into 4 components in order to achieve either Bronze, Silver or Gold:

  • Food Provision
  • Leadership
  • Education
  • Community
Food Smart Scheme Accreditation Summary of Standards    Watch PECT Food in schools webinar   

Bronze Award

Most recent awards
Southfields Primary School - July 2020
Cavalry Primary School - April 2020
Thongsley Fields Primary School - April 2020
Guyhirn Primary School - March 2020
Nene Valley Primary School - October 2019
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Silver Award

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Gold Award

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