Pupil Voice
Tell us about how you seek the views and listen to the experiences of all pupils in this area, and how it is embedded in school.

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Guidance

In this section you might want to tell us about:

  • Your school council and how it is structured
  • Pupil groups related to food
  • Survey participation  
  • Informal feedback opportunities  
  • The ethos of the school that prioritises the views of children and young people
  • Pupil input in how menus are developed (links to Q2)

Evidence examples may include information from your school council or survey results to support the information provided.

Provision
How do you ensure that children and young people have access to a wide variety of well-balanced and nutritious food across the week? This includes food offered throughout the school day, not just at lunchtimes.

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Guidance

In this section you may want to reflect on:

  • The quality and content of your menu and school food provision generally
  • The ethos of your catering provider/cook in relation to seasonal/local produce
  • Initiatives in place to support access to nutritious food e.g., promotion of FSM; extension of free fruit provision; links with community organisations  
  • The variety of food on offer and opportunities for pupils to try new things
  • Participation in other food programmes e.g., Food for Life
  • The availability of drinking water and how this is encouraged  

Evidence for this section may include providing menus or information on other food related events/activities.

Culture
Tell us about how you encourage children and young people to experience positive and social eating experiences within the school setting.

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Guidance

In this section you might want to tell us about:

  • How your school lunchtimes are structured to encourage social experiences  
  • How the school food offer is promoted, presented, and described  
  • How the food is served  
  • The content of your school food policies

Evidence in this area may include description and photos of lunchtime setup and practices, and copies of policies to support the information provided.

Behaviours
How do you help children and young people develop and maintain positive eating behaviours and associations with food?

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Guidance

In this section you might want to reflect on:

  • The language that is used in school to talk about food e.g., no moralising ‘good/bad’, ‘healthy/unhealthy’
  • Provision of a culture that does not shame or judge for food choices  
  • How parents/carers are communicated with about food related issues  
  • The messaging pupils are exposed to e.g., no diet club advertisements on show  
  • How eating a balanced and nutritious diet is role modelled  
  • Content of food related policies (links to Q3)

Evidence in this area may include copies of policies and examples of communications to support the information provided.

Curriculum
Tell us about how you deliver food and nutrition education in a way that emphasises a wide variety of benefits of different foods and includes skills acquisition and development.

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Guidance

In this section you may want to tell us about:

  • Programmes/schemes of work used to deliver the curriculum  
  • The focus of food education e.g., the benefits of a wide range of foods, what different foods do for us (linked to Q3)
  • What activities are done in school that help pupils to develop skills relating to food  
  • Provision of activities that support knowledge and skills on growing  

Evidence for this section may include photos of growing, examples of work, lesson plans.

Training/CPD
How do you ensure that all staff in school are appropriately trained? This includes for both specialist staff, general awareness, and visitors.

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Guidance

In this section you may want to reflect on:  

  • Recent training/CPD/awareness sessions undertaken by staff  
  • Food hygiene and safety requirements of the catering provider  
  • How staff training and preparation is enabled in school  

Evidence for this section may include CPD logs, certificates

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