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Food in Schools

Food in Schools was a government-funded programme up until March 2011(managed by The D&T Association, British Nutrition Foundation, Specialist Schools and Academies Trust and the National Association of Headteachers). A whole range of nutrition-related activities and projects were developed as part of the programme, to complement and add value to existing healthier food initiatives in schools.

As part of this, the Food in Schools primary training programme was a DCSF (now DfE) strand of the Food in Schools and its focus was on the food curriculum in primary schools (statutory at KS1 and KS2 within D&T and Science).

The aim of the programme was to develop food and nutrition education, specifically practical work with food, as a key learning activity and to support transition. It also helped schools working towards the National Healthy Schools Standard.

The training was delivered by secondary food specialist teachers. Primary teachers who attend the training were usually design and technology co-ordinators who would then ensure that food was developed within their school's curriculum. The training was a practical, hands-on experience equipping primary teachers (usually non-food-specialists) with the knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver food education back in their schools.

To learn more about the Food in Schools primary training programme go to

The following FoodForum resources were originally developed to be used in support of the Food in Schools programme, but are also offered as resources for any teacher to use to support food work in the primary classroom.

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Bumper Bread Dips and Dunkers Scrumptious Shortbread Mix and Match Salads
Fruity Flapjacks


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