National Food Strategy

Publish Date: July 15, 2021 Posted By: Juliet Snow

Read the full National Food Strategy here: https://nationalfoodstrategy.org 

To read our response letter addressed to DfE, signed by leading food organisations, click the link here: Response from Food Education Network to NFS Launch - July 2021

 

The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts’ Adopt a School Trust welcomes the recommendations of the National Food Strategy and congratulates the team on such a comprehensive piece of work. We particularly welcome the proposed “Eat and Learn” initiative for schools which is a package of measures to ensure that food education is taken seriously, is well funded and inspected by Ofsted.

 

As a national food education charity, we know that many schools are still not delivering the cookery and nutrition elements of the curriculum that children desperately need and that has been a legal requirement since 2014. Our own evidence shows that schools find adequate time, budget, and resources “very challenging” when delivering food education. Therefore, we welcome the call for Government to pay for the ingredients that children use in lessons, rather than parents, in the same way they do for textbooks, as this will raise the status of the subject, the quality of the lessons, and also ensure that all children can participate.

 

We wholeheartedly support the National Food Strategy’s recommendations for curriculum change from sensory education for early years through to a call for the reinstatement of the A Level and review of current and new qualifications to ensure they offer subject progression and are fit for purpose to address the skills shortage in the hospitality sector. Underpinning this is a call for training for staff and leaders and a recruitment drive to address the shortage of secondary school food teachers.

 

“We are thrilled that, through the National Food Strategy, food education has been brought back into focus as part of a whole-school approach and that the “Eat and Learn” initiative offers a chance to raise the profile of this important subject, with appropriate funding, qualifications that are fit for purpose, accreditation and inspections by Ofsted. We hope the Government will get behind these recommendations to ensure that all children have access to a good quality food education to give them the best start in life.” Sara Jayne Stanes, CEO, Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and Adopt a School Trust

 

Read the full National Food Strategy here: https://nationalfoodstrategy.org 

To read our response letter addressed to DfE, signed by leading food organisations, click the link here: Response from Food Education Network to NFS Launch - July 2021