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Explore local and national projects schools and early years can use for food, growing, environmental actions and getting more physically active.


Local and National Projects Schools and Early Years can use about food, growing, environmental issues and increasing physical activity.

These are local and national projects that schools can engage with.  Some will have costs attached to them.  Contact the projects directly for more details.

National support

The School Food Plan's Annual Report looks at each of the 17 actions in the Plan and reports on progress. It also highlights some of the amazing success stories and outlines ambitions and plans for the year ahead.  The full report can be seen on the Food Plan website http://www.schoolfoodplan.com.  The website has a wealth of information including advice on what works well with school meals and a checklist for Headteachers.  There is also the offer of free support to improve free school meal take up.

School Food Standards

These have been simplified from the previous food and nutrient based guidelines 

School Food Support

Support for schools to increase take up

Breakfast club funding

There is some funding available for breakfast clubs from magic breakfast »

Food for life

Most school catering providers have a Food for Life catering mark, this will make it much easier to achieve Food for Life Bronze awards.     
And to check if your caterer has the catering mark »

Early years 

Tackling obesity through the healthy child programme [1005kb] - A Framework for action by Mary Rudolf details 20 areas that antenatal through to age 5 can focus on to promote healthy lifestyles and tackle obesity.


Ofsted will be visiting your lunch service and checking the following:

  • Ask school leaders how they help to ensure a healthy lifestyle for their children and, specifically, whether their diet has been considered where these are lacking.
  • Consider how lunch time and dining space contribute to good behaviour and the culture in the school.

Programmes such as Food for life are a clear demonstration of both of these criteria.


Some programmes focus on fruit and vegetable intake, others cooking and some general healthy eating.

Food a fact of life

Free online resources from British Nutrition Foundation. 
Excellent resources for teachers and include games, downloads and on line activities. Topics include cooking, growing, healthy eating and food production. Can be accessed by all schools/early year's settings. Full lesson plans so no nutrition training needed.

Let's get cooking

Lottery funded programme. Cooking clubs for children.   A grant is provided by the project (approx £500) to buy equipment and food.  Good resources available and the grant conditions require you to run several clubs.

Food dudes

Commissioned programme.  Curriculum based programme which is delivered by the programme assistants
Aim to increase fruit and vegetable take up in early years, primary and special schools. Research based can be used for children and parents.

Phunky foods

Commissioned programme. Train the trainer with resource support.  Some schools and children's centres have been trained but the programmes are often not running. Focus on healthy eating with good resources and training.

Children's Food Trust

Free and paid for resources for increasing take up of school meals. Also now offer a commissioned service for improving school meals, staff training or a School food excellence award.   Very good training and resources. School food excellence award is expensive and only used by a small number of LA's.

Rotary Club - Young Chef of the year: Young chefs

Joint partnership between LBH Public Health, The Rotary Club of Hillingdon and Harefield Academy. Competition aims for secondary school pupils to cook a balanced healthy meal to professional standards. For more details contact Hillingdon Public Health  on 01895 277615.

My wellbeing tool

For secondary school pupils a very popular activity is 'mywellbeing'. This is a one or three day online diet and activity diary. It requires some introduction; however it is quite an easy programme to use. Perhaps to increase accuracy pupils can fill in a diet diary in the days leading up to the activity.


This site provides helplines, support and a network of UK self help groups to help adults and young people in the UK beat their eating disorders.


These tend to offer a wider spread of messages (not just healthy eating) and incorporate environmental, sustainability and the importance of a balanced diet.

Food for life

Commissioned whole school food approach (healthy eating, dining room improvement, curriculum support, farm visits, food growing and parental engagement) probably the most complete programme.

Love local food 

Groundwork South project 
Schools receive a poly tunnel, equipment, plants, staff training and project officer support. Good value programme that incorporates healthy eating, curriculum, sustainability/environment, growing and parental engagement. The programme is local offers good value and covers a variety of messages.


The core message of this is environmental and sustainability.

Eco Schools

Mainly sustainable and environmental messages, energy is the compulsory topic but covers other aspects such as litter, waste, transport and healthy living.  Very popular in Hillingdon schools but little emphasis on nutrition and food growing. Good free curriculum resources.

Physical activity / lifestyle

Proactive West London

The Sport and physical activity partnership for London
London Sport focus on three headline tasks:


Creating and then maintaining a simple picture of primary schools' readiness and then deployment of their share of the premium. This will be updated every six months progressing from readiness, delivery, impact and then sustainability of the difference the funding has made.

Local opportunities

Establishing a clear view on what is on offer locally to support primary schools and promoting these opportunities to schools through appropriate networks.

Direct support

London Sport, the Youth Sport Trust and other local partners will work with a smaller number of primaries - the ones that want and need help - to make effective use of the premium to help them land the support which is on offer.

Find out more » 

British Heart Foundation

The British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health (BHFNC) was established in April 2000 with funding from the British Heart Foundation (BHF). Part of the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University and are well recognised across the UK for leadership in the promotion of physical activity and health.

Find out more about the British Heart Foundation »

Youth Sport Trust

The Youth Sport Trust is an independent charity devoted to changing young people's lives through sport. 


A-life offers a variety of educational healthy workshops and fitness sessions, available for pupils, teachers and parents. An A-life day is flexible and can be adapted for the selection of sessions the school requires.

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