Category Archives: Healthy Eating

FREE Breakfast Provision

DfE offers FREE breakfast provision for eligible schools under the new National School Breakfast Programme

In addition to resources and best practice events, a dedicated member of the NSBP team will be available to support each school and a £500 start-up grant will be available to buy necessary equipment such as toasters or a freezer.

Attached are the following documents:

To see if your school is eligible please check with the National School Breakfast Programme.

For further information, contact:

  • National School Breakfast Programme
  • c/o Family Action, 24 Angel Gate, City Rd, London, EC1V 2PT
  • Mobile: 07580 324393

The National School Breakfast Programme is delivered by Family Action and Magic Breakfast. You can find more information here

Food and Nutrition Education Conference

The first Food – a fact of life National Food and Nutrition Education conference for primary and secondary teachers will take place on 2 February 2019.

The conference is aimed at trainee, new, non-specialist and experienced teachers and will provide insight into the national food and nutrition issues that impact the lives and education of children and young people.

There will be presentations from experts in the fields of nutrition, education, food and farming, food science, classroom management and cooking. There will be sessions dedicated to teaching pupils in the primary and secondary phases. Representatives of the Awarding Organisations for 14-18 qualifications will also be attending on the day to answer any questions teachers may have.

This half day conference is being offered to teachers at a greatly subsidised rate of £20 per person. Cost includes refreshments and a light lunch.

There are a limited number of early bird tickets available at £10 (until 30 November 2018).These can be accessed when booking by using the following codes:

  • Primary teachers – primary50
  • Secondary teachers – secondary50

There are also a small number of free places for trainee primary and secondary teachers. To find out more about these, contact Frances at

For further information about the conference and to book, follow this link below:

Childhood Obesity Plan: Consultation on Energy Drinks

The second chapter of the Government’s Childhood Obesity Plan was published on the 25th June. This outlined a national ambition to halve childhood obesity by 2030.

As part of this a number of key policy initiatives will be consulted on before the end of 2018, the first of which concerns ending the sale of energy drinks to children.

The consultation is online at

Further consultations planned for 2018 include:

  • changes to advertising regulation,
  • calorie labelling,
  • food and drink promotions
  • and use of Healthy Start Vouchers.

Become a Food-A Fact of Life Trainer

Food – a fact of life Personal Professional Development Training Network

The Food – a fact of life Personal Professional Development Training Network is a small scale pilot food and nutrition training programme focusing on secondary schools in London and the surrounding counties. It is a new initiative from the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) and the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

Food – a fact of life (FFL) is looking for 6-8 experienced, practising secondary teachers to join the FFL Personal Professional Development (PPD) Training Network and support the programme as local trainers.

Teachers should have a keen interest in, and passion for, food education and want to support the needs of other local teachers, becoming a key local figure to champion food education.

Benefits to you:

  • Training and support from BNF and AHDB.
  • Funding for the training materials, ingredients and refreshments.
  • A small honoraria for running the training.
  • Development of your own PPD as a trainer.
  • Experience in training, useful for your CV and future career (performance management).
  • Recognition from BNF and AHDB as a FFL Network Trainer, as well as the wider food teaching community.

Benefits for your school:

  • Access to free training.
  • Support for whole school food issues.
  • Evidence to support school’s commitment to pupil health and wellbeing (Ofsted inspection criteria).
  • Collaboration with other schools.
  • Recognition of your school at a local and national level.

Further information and an application form can be found here.

Consultation on: Ending the Sale of Energy Drinks to Children

This consultation seeks views on a proposed ban on selling energy drinks to children. It also asks for views on:

  • what products should be included in any restrictions
  • what age limit a ban should apply to
  • whether sales of energy drinks from vending machines should be restricted
  • whether there are any changes that would be more appropriate than a ban on sales to children or that could be applied as well as a ban

Energy drinks are soft drinks that contain higher levels of caffeine than other soft drinks, and may also contain a lot of sugar. Evidence suggests that excessive consumption of energy drinks by children is linked to negative health outcomes such as headaches, sleeping problems, irritation and tiredness.

The consultation proposes that a ban would apply to drinks that contain more than 150mg of caffeine per litre and prevent all retailers from selling the drinks to children. It follows the publication of the latest chapter of the government’s childhood obesity plan in June 2018, which outlines a series of measures as well as a commitment to halve childhood obesity by 2030.

The online survey can be found here: Sale of energy drinks to children.

This consultation ends at 11:59pm on 21 November 2018


Creating Healthy Lunchboxes

A few healthy changes can help stop childhood obesity in its tracks.  From recent research carried out by Action for Children, it is known that parents are feeling guilty about their kids lunchboxes. It can feel like loads of time, effort, and money to get the lunch right, but nutritionist Mari Clark is here to help. Read her top tips and easy wins on getting the lunchbox right below:

Healthy Lunchboxes