Time for the Healthy Schools Rating Scheme

20 March 2019

We've published our report showing that 97% parents, teachers and governors support a Healthy Schools Rating Scheme. It's time for Department for Education to act!

As part of the Childhood Obesity Plan (chapters 1 and 2) Government has proposed a Healthy Schools Rating Scheme (HSRS) which would be used to evaluate how schools are supporting children to keep themselves healthy. At SFM we believe that a HSRS that works for everyone can be developed through consultation and collaboration.  That's why we turned to parents, school staff and governors to find out their views.  You can read the report here but in a nutshell:

  • 97% of people surveyed are in favour of a Healthy Schools Rating Scheme (HSRS)
  • When asked if the scheme should be mandatory, 85% of respondents agreed.
  • 93% are in favour of the HSRS being applied to all state funded schools.
  • When asked if Ofsted should monitor the scheme, 72% of all people surveyed, and 76% of parents, agreed.


Our report
has been supported by over 30 organisations including our campaign partners, Jamie Oliver, Food for Life and the Children's Food Campaign. We'll be joining together to put pressure on the Department for Education to get this much-needed scheme across the line. 

In other news ...

Our submission to the Ofsted consultation

3 April 2019

We've just submitted our response to Ofsted's draft inspection framework calling for a renewed focus on healthy eating and food education.

Children’s Future Food Inquiry report launches in Westminster

25 April 2019

Young Food Ambassadors from across the country joined Dame Emma Thompson at Westminster to call for urgent political action on child food insecurity.

Secondary students discover all things compost at Organic Lea

26 March 2019

Students from Kelmscott School delved into the fascinating world of compost last week with a visit to the wonderful Organic Lea food co-op.