Food for Thought Education Fund
Food for Thought Education Fund Phase 7
Applications close at 2pm on Tuesday 30th April
The Food for Thought Education Fund gives financial support to develop Food and Health as a context for learning. The fund aims to improve practitioner confidence in providing progressive, high quality, skills based learning experiences which help to embed food education into the ethos of the establishment. It also provides an opportunity to plan and implement learning experiences which build sustainability and capacity for future development.
Now in its seventh year, the Fund allows Local Authority Schools and Early Learning and Childcare settings to apply for grants of up to £2000 to develop projects that support the aims of the Fund. (Note - ASN establishments in the independent sector are also eligible to apply). Establishments may apply individually or as part of a cluster of schools from their education authority.
Word file: Food for Thought Education Fund Phase 7 - Application Form (157 KB)
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2. What are we looking for this year?
Scottish Government's aspiration that Scotland is a Good Food Nation, means a country where people from every walk of life take pride and pleasure in, and benefit from, the food they buy, serve, and eat day by day. It also means that:
- It is the norm for Scots to take a keen interest in their food, knowing what constitutes good food, valuing it and seeking it out whenever they can.
- People who serve and sell food (including schools) are committed to serving and selling good food.
- Everyone in Scotland has ready access to the healthy, nutritious food they need.
- Dietary-related diseases are in decline, as is the environmental impact of our food consumption.
- Scottish producers ensure that what they produce is increasingly healthy and environmentally sound.
- Food companies are a thriving feature of the economy and places where people want to work.
- Other countries look to Scotland to learn how to become a Good Food Nation.
This year, we are interested in bids which will to contribute to this vision by:
- Ensuring learners have gained understanding about food education and can apply their knowledge and skills in a progressive way.
- Relating projects to the world of work, to reducing food waste and to learning through farm visits.
- Improving outcomes for learners in ways which seek to eliminate the inequity that currently exists amongst learners from different backgrounds and from particular vulnerable groups.
In this phase, we also ask that projects incorporate some or all of the following themes:
- Skills Progression using the E's and O's and the Benchmarks. You will find links to these and other resources on our Food Summary page.
- Love Food, Hate Waste
- Farm Visits
- Developing the Young Workforce. You will find useful links and resources on the DYW summary page
- Inequity/attainment gap
- Good Food Nation: Scotland's National Food and Drink Policy
- A healthier Future – Scotland’s Diet and Weight Delivery Plan
- Food and Healthy Eating Advice for Parents
Better Eating, Better Learning: a new context for school food, follow up to Hungry for Success
- Beyond the School Gate: improving food choices in the school community
How can I find out about previous Food for Thought Projects?
- There are several case studies on the Food Summary Page of the National Improvement Hub which include completed applications and evaluations.
- If you join the Health and Wellbeing Yammer group you will be able to share stories and information (and ask questions) about Food for Thought and other HWB topics. The first thing to do is click the JOIN GROUP button and then introduce yourself in the 'SHARE SOMETHING' box. You can download the Yammer App on your phone too, which is a really easy way to keep in touch with the group going forward.
- Once you have joined the Yammer Group, go to the 'PINNED' section on the right hand side of the page where you will see a link to the 'FOOD FOR THOUGHT NEWSFEED'. Here you will be able to see photos and stories from previous projects. You will also see some completed application forms and evaluations when you click in the 'RESOURCES' tab at the top.