All of the stakeholders that we work with believe that whole school approaches to food begin with the headteacher and senior leaders who set the culture and ethos across the whole school.
We know that head teachers are faced with many operational demands, making a whole school approach to food sometimes seem unachievable.
Our system map shows that the priorities of headteachers and senior leaders are influenced by a variety of factors such as the priorities of school governors and the degree to which school food is monitored.
Our system map shows us that the priority of headteachers and senior leaders has substantial influence over many aspects of the school food system, including the school dining experience, quality of food provision, policy and culture, and child food intake.
What you can do in your school
The cost and impact of each action was informed by an evidence based approach to estimates and the feedback of school stakeholders
Low: our stakeholders estimate this will have low financial cost
Medium: our stakeholders estimate this will incur some financial cost or time commitment
High: our stakeholders estimate this would require some financial investment
Low: our research tells us this recommendation would achieve the greatest impact if combined with other activities
Medium: our research tells us this recommendation is likely to support achievement of a whole school approach to food
High: our research tells us this recommendation will make a significant contribution to a whole school approach to food.
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