Health Education Trust has been working with schools since it was set up in 1993. The main focus has been to engage with the whole school community to achieve change through development of a whole school policy and action plan. In relation to food, HET has been promoting the use of a School Nutrition Action Group (SNAG). SNAG membership includes senior leadership, teaching staff, lunchtime staff, governors, pupils, and parents and everyone has an important role to play.
The technique of a SNAG to transform school food culture can be applied to other issues such as managing medicines in schools.
HET’s current work with schools include transforming food culture and allergy management and awareness in secondary schools. Previous work with schools have also included managing other medical conditions such as epilepsy.
The Health Education Trust has developed useful resources and tools to support the development of a whole school approach through engagement and consultation of the whole school community. We can provide training and consultancy to support a whole school approach, consultation and engagement.