International School Meals Day

09 Mar 2017
Celebrating International School Meals Day 2017

Today (Thursday 9 March 2017) is International School Meal’s Day. This day is dedicated to raising the awareness of good nutrition for children whatever their circumstances. As a Trust we pride ourselves on educating pupils about the importance of good nutrition and encourage healthy eating habits within our academies.

The Trust’s Central Team has oversight of all the catering services provided within academies and is responsible for the Quality Assurance of the catering process and food produced. The team manage catering staff in each academy and deliver training to ensure compliance with food safety legislation and practice. The team also maintains an online catering management system to ensure audit and financial regulations are met. Click here for an example of the catering service provided in our academies.

We also encourage healthy eating habits at home by promoting the free resources available for parents and carers such as Jamie’s Food Revolution and Change4Life. Both of these campaigns are accessible online and provide free materials for all the family. 

This national event fits perfectly with the Trust’s campaign for this term which is all about supporting young people to grow. There is lots of evidence to suggest that proper nutrition is essential during childhood so that a child grows to obtain a healthy height and weight, can concentrate in school and does not have any nutritional deficiencies.

Below are just a couple of examples of the great activities that are going on across our academies to celebrate this international event.

Kingswood Secondary Academy - Corby

Pupils are learning all about how to be 'Food Smart'. The academy's Health and Wellbeing Champions spent a day at Leicester Diabetes Centre based at Leicester General Hospital. The Champions then designed a programme to raise awareness of diabetes which they delivered to Year 7 pupils. The programme saw pupils play a number of games including 'diabetes bingo' and 'diabetes truth or false'. The Champions also helped the Year 7 pupils become 'Sugar Smart' by measuring the sugar content in various drinks. This project has been so successful that the Champions are now looking at rolling it out to Year 8 pupils. You can see more about this project on Twitter.

Beacon Primary Academy - Skegness

The academy is following the Jigsaw PSHE scheme, and has implemented a termly theme around ‘Healthy Me’. This theme is supported by weekly assemblies, singing songs about making healthy lifestyle choices and creating recipes/menus.

Year 2 pupils have been using the 'Be Food Smart' App from the Change4Life campaign to scan bar codes on popular food and drinks. The App shows the amount of sugar, fat and salt to enable pupilsto make comparisons and think about healthy eating choices.

In science lessons, pupils are learning about how different foods do different jobs in the bodies of both humans and animals. The pupils have created a TV advert using iPads about making healthy choices. 

In maths lessons, pupils are using food to learn about fractions. They have created a recipe book and have taken part in some healthy cooking sessions too, making fruit desserts. They will also be creating some artwork using fruit and vegetables in the style of the artist Giuseppe Arcimbolo.

You can see more about this on Twitter.

For more information about International School Meal’s Day, click hereYou can also follow the event on Twitter.

Useful resources

Click here to see the set of standards for all food served in schools and academies.

Click here to find out if your child is eligible for Free School Meals.

Click here to find out about the Children’s Food Trust whose mission is to get every child eating well at home, in childcare, at school and beyond.

Click here to learn about the details of current curriculum requirements, and regulations for food provided, in schools throughout the UK.