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Increase Your School Meal Take Up - funded DfE scheme

Increase Your School Meal Take Up - funded DfE scheme

What is Increase Your School Meal Take Up about?
• It is a fully funded scheme from the DfE to boost take up of school meals – it brings together the school community from school leaders, cooks and students to develop fresh ideas around school meals. The Food for Life Partnership is a national delivery partner and we will work with you to develop a support package that meets your needs - and the good news is it can also help you with Ofsted inspections.

Where has it come from?
• The independent School Food Plan report highlighted that the key to a viable school meals service is not reducing food costs but increasing overall take up so that money goes further. The DfE responded to this action with £4.8m of funding nationally.
• This funding is only available for a limited time; it is still available to your school if you enrol as soon as possible.

Why does my school need this?
• Ofsted will be including healthy eating and evidence of a positive food culture as part of its inspection framework from September 2015 – this programme will equip your school with ideas, clear actions and evidence needed for Ofsted.
• We will work with your school to develop a support package that meets your needs whether you feel your school just needs some fresh ideas or you are just starting out on your journey to Michelin standard school meals!

What does ‘success’ look like?
• Schools have shown success through a ‘whole school approach’ led by the head teacher to engage staff, caterers, pupils and governors.
• Children and teenagers know best how to ‘pitch’ your marketing to their school friends. Pupil engagement is key in the creation of a joint action plan, making improvements to the dining environment and to getting your message heard.
The benefits for pupils’ learning
• Ensuring pupils get a healthy well balanced meal has the potential to kickstart a process of improving behaviour, attainment and attendance at the same time.

If you are a junior or secondary school we can help
• A fully funded support package to meet your needs ranging from training and support for school leaders, caterers and school cooks, practical resources to a tailored action plan and support from FFLP specialist regional staff.

All junior, middle, secondary, PRUs and special schools – including academies and free schools, will qualify for support:

Visit www.foodforlife.org.uk/takeup to get started or if you would like to speak to a member of the team in your region, please contact:

Tom Bridge tbridge@soilassociation.org  School Food Plan East Midlands Regional Manager

Claire McDonnell cmcdonnell@soilassociation.org School Food Plan East Midlands Regional Officer


Please note:

• There is no requirement for schools to submit their meal uptake data at enrolment and more importantly the current level of meal uptake has been removed as a requirement to access support
• Once enrolled schools will receive a 1 to 1 visit from a member of the SFP East Midlands team, at this visit an action plan tailored to each school will be drawn up.
• During the initial 1 to 1 visit a discussion about current uptake will take place, and available data will be collected – we still have to report meal uptake of each school accessing support to DfE
• Depending on the current level of uptake and the identified needs within each school, access to a support package will then be provided to assist in the delivery of the action plan. The support package could include access to webinars, further 1 to 1 visits focusing on identified topics, group training events and a variety of online resources.
• The higher levels of support will still be targeted towards schools with the lowest uptake
• Support is only available for standalone Juniors, Secondary’s, PRUs (in reality any school delivering UIFSM can’t enrol)

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