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School Food Champions

Empowering pupils to put good food at the heart of a healthy, high performing school community

Bite Back School Food Champions is a weekly extracurricular programme for Key Stage 3 (11-14 year olds).  Working in teams of 15, supported by a lead teacher, young people will lead social action projects to improve the food provision and culture in their schools and their local communities.

All through the year, Bite Back will provide inspiration, guidance, support and training, connecting teams across the country, linking up with our amazing youth leaders and showcasing great examples of school food and of young people leading change in their schools and their communities.

  • 2000 young people
  • 150 schools across England 
  • 150 teams of empowered young people leading social action projects to improve the food provision and culture in their schools and their local communities.
  • Fully funded programme for Key Stage 3
  • Free membership to the Food For Life awards scheme
  • Support from experts to empower your pupils to work with teachers, governors and caterers to make a real difference on school food issues. 

How does it work?

School Food Champions runs as a weekly programme, either over lunchtime, as an after school club or as an enrichment activity.  We provide all the materials and inspiration needed to help your school bring school food into the spotlight. 

In each school, a lead teacher recruits a team of 10 to 15 pupils in Years 7 to 9 who are keen to make a difference on food issues.  We will train these teachers, and they deliver our sessions for their teams on topics such as:

  • Why social action matters and joining Bite Back
  • Why does food matter? What do we need to know about nutrition and food inequalities?
  • Telling the story of food inequality (framing and narrative)
  • What could a great school food culture look like?
  • Running a food audit - understanding where your school is at
  • Putting it into action - designing your own school food culture project
  • Continuing your social action journey

The teams work with their lead teacher, school leaders, caterers and governors to review the food culture in your school.  Together they choose and lead two social action projects::

Project #1 will improve three specific issues of the food environment in your school to help you work towards achieving Food for Life’s bronze award status.

Project #2 will be entirely youth-driven and will make a difference either in your school or your local community.  The team will be given a £100 budget for materials and resources.

Benefits for pupils

  • Have fun with friends while making a real impact
  • Join the BiteBack movement
  • Lead change on food issues across the school community 
  • Build leadership and campaigning skills

Benefits for teachers & schools

  • Drive social action through pupil voice on issues that matter to young people and affect the whole school community. 
  • Join a community of 150 schools sharing best practice on school food issues
  • Build socio-emotional and character development, civic engagement and service habit

When?

  • By May 2021 Sign up to be part of our first cohort
  • June 2021 Get trained up with lead teachers across the country
  • September 2021 Start delivering SFC in your school 
  • Sept 21-March 22 Project #1
  • April 22-July 22 Project #2

All through the year, Bite Back will provide guidance, support and training, connecting teams across the country, linking up with our amazing youth leaders and showcasing great examples of school food and of young people leading change in their communities.

How do I get involved?

Bite Back School Food Champions is fully funded. Participating schools receive £700 (£600 as a TLR3 for your lead teacher and £100 for materials for pupils to deliver their social action projects). Schools will also receive a year of FFL awards package (normally £199) for free.

Want to apply now?

Apply now using this form

For more information please contact hannah.cohen@biteback2030.com​​​​​​​

The #iwill Fund is made possible thanks to £40 million joint investment from The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to support young people to access high-quality social action opportunities.

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