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 ...

The Healthy Schools Rating Scheme is here!

8 July 2019

The long-awaiting Healthy Schools Rating Scheme is here and we're delighted to note that Department for Education has listened and the scheme now includes secondary schools.

At last - some joined up thinking about food!

27 June 2019

Three cheers for our friend Henry Dimbleby who will be leading the National Food Strategy – the first food strategy since World War II.

SFM Farm Trip. Photo: Adrian Pope, Crockford Bridge

SCHOOLS TO MARKET BRINGS THE 2,500TH CHILD TO A PYO FARM

28 June 2019

This week, with the sun shining, children from 16 schools across London travelled to Crockford Bridge Farm in Surrey to pick fruit and veg.