Category Archives: Healthy Eating

Free School Meals to Stay

The Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan to axe universal infant free school meals was omitted from the Queen’s speech.

 Speaking at the state opening of parliament, the Queen outlined the Government’s plans to introduce 27 Bills and 27 draft Bills, none of which include the scrapping of universal free school meals for four- to-seven-year-olds.

Within the Conservative manifesto the party pledged to replace universal free school meals for four- to-seven-year-olds with free breakfasts for all primary pupils. A petition against the move attracted thousands of signatures, with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver attacking the plans for free breakfasts to replace a nutritious school lunch.

New Lunch Box Advice

School meals are a great choice, but if there are children bringing packed lunches then Change 4 Life have got it covered.  Get hints and tips on what their lunchbox should contain as well as lots of easy-to-prepare ideas that children will love.

Read more at: Change 4 Life – Healthier Lunchboxes

Eat Like a Champ Free Resource Pack

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Eat Like A Champ is a FREE evidence based healthy eating education programme aimed at 9 and 10 year old pupils across the UK.

Eat Like A Champ helps tackle the growing issue of poor nutrition and obesity amongst children with six specially tailored lessons about healthy eating, healthy hydration and physical activity. The resources have been created to fit into the curriculum, and this year have been updated to reflect the new Eatwell Guide published by PHE a few months ago. Eat Like A Champ aims to make healthy eating education fun and engaging.

Eat Like A Champ is evidence based, as independent research conducted by the Children’s Food Trust shows that children taking part in the programme shift their behaviour towards healthier eating habits.

Eat like a Champ are delighted to announce that the 2016/2017 online registration is now open at:

The first 3,000 classes to register will receive a full toolkit.

The full toolkit includes the following resources:

  • A teachers’ guide which includes lesson plans for the 6 step programme
  • Colourful cards to support activities in the lessons
  • An Eatwell Guide poster
  • A class set of passports containing homework and parent/carer information
  • Reward Stickers

Food Growing Schools London: Sow it! Grow it! Sell it!



Food Growing Schools London have a number of initiatives:

  1. Grow your own business is back!

From strawberry jam to tomato ketchup, and the great British apple to winter salad bags.  From September to December 2016, schools across London are rolling up their sleeves to take part in Grow Your Own Business, a city-wide celebration of school food growing, enterprise and learning, creating young entrepreneurs and healthier local communities.

With the expert guidance of the Food Growing Schools: London partnership, students can learn the secret to starting their own school food growing business, raising money for their school, developing employment skills and selling healthy, home-grown food to and with their local community.

Download the FREE schools activity pack to find out how.

2. Book your FREE Food Growing Assembly

Get your FREE Food Growing Assembly booked this autumn term!

3. Top Tips for growing in the autumn term

Back to school top tips for Autumn

4. FGSL Survey Prize Draw

To get started on your food growing journey – or to find out what’s involved, FGSL would like you to  complete a short survey. It will take just 5-10 minutes to fill in and your answers will help FGSL to work out how best to support you and schools right across London. By completing the survey you will automatically be signed up to receive termly newsletters with free tips, resources and competition details – as well as being entered into a Prize Draw to win some fantastic prizes, including a meal for two at Wahaca worth £50 and a visit from the FGSL team to give you one-to-one gardening support.

The prize draw will take place in October 2016 and winners will be notified by email.



British Food Fortnight Competition 2016

Why not come back to school and celebrate British Food Fortnight from 17 September  – 2nd October. Hold an event during the fortnight – large or small – focusing on traditional recipes from your part of Britain and then tell the judges all about it in photos and words.

You can find out all about the competition and some lovely prizes here.