In order to foster a good food culture within schools, head teachers and teachers need to be well-informed about nutrition, diet and cooking. Action 7 of the School Food Plan set out the National College for Teaching and Leadership’s (NCTL) commitment to include food and nutrition in their leadership training programme. This action has now been completed; NTCL have produced content on food across several of its compulsory core curriculum modules. You can access these materials via the links to the right.
The School Food Plan has taken this work further, to ensure that all school staff, at every stage in their career, are able to take up their role in fostering a great whole-school food culture.
Over 40 expert organisations have come together, to produce a free training resource to help all school staff understand the importance of a good school food culture and to support them to deliver improvements in pupil health and wellbeing. The resource is supported by the Department for Education and Public Health England.
This interactive training resource has been piloted with teachers, caterers and teaching assistants at over 30 schools and training providers across the country. Feedback from more than 200 participants, involved in the pilot, has been overwhelmingly positive. 94% rated the resource as ‘ excellent’ or ‘ good’ and just under two thirds (65%) intend to make a change to their school food culture as a result of the training.