Our discussions with adult stakeholders and children taught us that engaging with a range of stakeholders is vital to achieving a whole school approach to food.
By engaging with the entire school community, including teachers, caterers, children, their families and wider members of the community, important skills, knowledge and experience can be shared to support the acceptable implementation of the whole school. approach to food vision.
Our system map shows that the degree to which schools engage with stakeholders is influenced by the school leadership team and school governors. If engagement is achieved, its likely to not only build support for the whole school approach to food, but also influence child food preference and intake along with peer and social norms around food.
See our recommendations and tips below on how to engage with stakeholders to support a whole school approach to food.
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.
Consider developing a food ambassador group (or similar child led committee for food) to seek their opinions on school food provision, eating environments and other food related decisions