Redland Green School

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Bristol Schools Help Shape Plan for Better School Food

Teachers, parents and school cooks from across Bristol are to join forces to help shape the future of school food in England.

Today [6 March], Redland Green School in Bristol will host one of seven school food events taking place across the country.

The roadshow will help to inform the independent School Food Plan which is currently being drawn up by Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent of Leon restaurants.

Teachers, school cooks and parents have been invited to discuss the benefits of children eating healthily, share their experiences of school food and tell Henry and John what they would like to improve.

Sarah Baker, Headteacher at Redland Green School, said:

"I am delighted that Redland Green School, Bristol, will be showcasing the regional Department for Education's School Food Plan roadshow today. Alongside six other schools across the country, we are proud to raise awareness of this worthwhile campaign, ahead of this Friday's International School Meals Day. Working collaboratively with the Children’s Food Trust, Food For Life, School Food Matters and other schools, we are proud to support the School Food Plan as it highlights the importance of cooking in the new National Curriculum. 

“At Redland Green, we firmly believe in teaching our students the fundamental value of cooking to not only inspire our cooks and chefs of tomorrow, but to also serve the next generation with ideas for eating well so they can live full and healthy lives. Redland Green is committed to being a 'Healthy School', and through this we encourage our students to make independent healthy dietary choices, which contributes to them being healthy, happy and successful individuals, with enough stamina to work hard throughout their academic careers. We encourage our students to eat well and drink well in order to learn well. We hope you will join us in highlighting and celebrating this worthwhile event as we lay a healthy food foundation for future generations."

Henry and John were appointed by the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, to lead an independent review of school food. The review will look into what more needs to be done to accelerate the inspiring work done by Jamie Oliver and others to ensure that all children eating in English schools are offered good food and develop an understanding of food and nutrition.

Henry Dimbleby said:

“There is so much good work being done to improve school food by people in schools around the country. Our priority is to hear from as many teachers, cooks, parents and pupils as we can, to produce an action plan which will nurture and accelerate the improvements already happening in schools.”

The event follows the publication of the draft national curriculum which, for the first time, requires all secondary school children to learn about food and cookery. With almost a quarter of reception children and almost a third of year six children in the South West overweight or obese, there has never been a more important time for them to learn these essential skills.

John Vincent said:

“We promised to deliver an action plan that gets to grips with exactly how ideas and dreams can be implemented for all kids, and stick. We can only do that by hearing from those schools that are doing this well – including Redland Green School – and sharing their success with others. 

The School Food Plan – which will set out what more needs to be done to make sure that all school children are offered good, nutritious food and are given an understanding of food and nutrition – will be published later this year.

Notes:

1.    The event will run from 4pm to 6.30pm on Thursday 6 March at Redland Green School, Redland Court Road, Redland BS6 7EH.

2.    Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent are available for interviews before the event. For more information, case studies or to bid for an interview call Gina Malatesta on 020 7783 8300 or email gina.malatesta@education.gsi.gov.uk.

3.    The Government’s National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) for England, 2011/12 school year statistics (including regional breakdowns) can be found here: https://catalogue.ic.nhs.uk/publications/public-health/obesity/nati-chil-meas-prog-eng-2011-2012/nati-chil-meas-prog-eng-2011-2012-rep.pdf.

4.    More information on the School Food Plan can be found here: www.education.gov.uk/schoolfoodplan and the full Design and Technology Curriculum can be found here: www.education.gov.uk.

5.    Upcoming school food events will be held on the below dates. Schools can register to attend here: https://registration.livegroup.co.uk/schoolfoodplan/


15 March – Norwich 
21 March - Birmingham
25 March – London

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