Food Education Learning Landscape report
The Jamie Oliver Food Foundation together with the AKO Foundation have revealed the results of the first comprehensive review of food education in English schools.
Campaigners have worked hard for food education to be part of the national curriculum and were delighted when cooking on the curriculum appeared as a government action in the School Food Plan. But since the Plan was implemented in September 2013, there has been little effective evaluation into how well food education is being taught, how it is being delivered and the impact it is having.
The Food Education Learning Landscape (FELL) report was commissioned to review the state of food education and food culture in primary and secondary schools in England. School leaders, parents, pupils, catering organisations, NGOs, governors and more took part in surveys and focus groups, reviewing three key areas: the curriculum, the whole school approach and behaviour change.
In summary, the findings showed:
- A stark difference between schools doing a great job at delivering strong food education and others struggling with a lack of time, resource and support.
- Alarming concerns about the unhealthy food environment at secondary schools, compromising pupils’ ability to make good food choices.
- A strong and clear teacher, pupil and parent voice asking for a healthier school environment.
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