The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) has welcomed news from Secretary of State for Education that all children in England, aged 5-14 years, are to receive lessons in food, cooking and nutrition, as part of the new National Curriculum. The new curriculum will require children to learning about where food comes from, healthy eating and cooking, and will be compulsory from September 2014.

Roy Ballam, Education Programme Manager at the British Nutrition Foundation, said: “It’s fantastic news that food and nutrition education is finally compulsory for all children aged 5-14 years – this is something long overdue and will really help support the drive to better inform children about food and support healthier lifestyle choices.  BNF has been working with schools for over 21 years but now the real work begins to help all schools, teachers and children build knowledge and understanding.”

Responding to the new curriculum requirements, BNF is extending its support for schools through its Food – a fact of life education programme,, and will be running a series of training events for primary and secondary school teachers, showcasing how food can be integrated into the new curriculum, and highlighting new resources and other opportunities.

The Food – a fact of life programme currently delivers a range of resources to support schools in their teaching of where food comes from, healthy eating and cooking.  The extended programme will ensure teachers have the resources they need to deliver the expanded food and nutrition elements of the new curriculum for England.  This will include developing Schemes of Work for Year Groups 1 to 9, detailed lesson plans and interactive classroom resources.  All this support will be provided by BNF free-of-charge to schools via the Food – a fact of life website.

Ballam concluded: “We’re thrilled that teaching children about food and nutrition will now be compulsory.  With the right support, we really will be a nation of foodies – well informed, healthy and happy.”



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About the British Nutrition Foundation

The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) was established over 45 years ago and has a staff of 18. It exists to make nutrition science accessible to all, delivering authoritative, evidence-based information on food and nutrition in the context of health and lifestyle.

BNF interprets and translates complex scientific information in order to generate and communicate clear, accurate, accessible information, which is relevant to the needs of diverse audiences, including the general public, health professionals and educators.

BNF has over 21 years of experience in being an advocate for high quality, rigorous food and nutrition education in schools. In 1991 BNF with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food launched Food – a fact life, the first comprehensive programme for schools which looked at progression in food and nutrition understanding for all children aged 5-16 years. Since this time, Food – a fact of life ( has continued to flourish, providing high quality learning resources for pupils, as well as professional development for teachers throughout the UK.  BNF has also worked on numerous education initiatives with government throughout the UK, including the Food in Schools Toolkit (Department of Health) and the Core Food Competences for children aged 5-16 years (Food Standards Agency), as well as Food in Schools Primary Training, Licence to Cook, Real Meals recipe books and Teach Food Technology (Department for Education).

BNF is a registered charity that operates within a rigorous governance structure. Its capacity to make objective and independent appraisal of scientific evidence, and its commitment to quality and scientific process, are fundamental to its success.

BNF does not and will not endorse brands or products. Its scientific integrity, objectivity, impartiality and accuracy ensure that it is held in high esteem within the nutrition and education communities.

BNF attracts funding from a variety of sources, including contracts with the European Commission, national government departments and agencies; food producers and manufacturers, retailers and food service companies; grant providing bodies, trusts and other charities. Further details about our work, governance and funding can be found on our websites.