Core competences

In 2007, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) launched Core Food Competences for children aged 5-16 years, developed in consultation with the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF). The competences set out a progressive framework of skills and knowledge which comprise essential building blocks around the themes of diet and health, consumer awareness, cooking and food safety for children and young people. These competences have been widely used, as they provided consistency and a focal point. Uses included an audit tool for teachers mapping out lessons, a guide for developers creating resources for schools and a framework to support curricular change and examination specifications.

Since the original launch of the competences, there have been changes in the curricula around the UK, new education initiatives and policy. It is therefore important that these competences are still fit-for-purpose to fully support teachers and learners.

BNF, along with Public Health England (PHE), FSA Northern Ireland, FSA Scotland and the Welsh Government, has initiated a review of the original framework to ensure that it is up-to-date and reflects key areas of priority for children and young people in relation to their education, life skills and health.

The updated competences are now available for consultation – these are attached below. The consultation is now closed.

We are keen to hear from individuals and organisations throughout the UK.

Comments may also be sent to Emma Schneider at BNF: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


All responses must be received by 28 February 2014.



The original Core food competences can be found at:

Pupil facing resources were also launched in 2008, helping to engage children and young people with the competences (Food Route):