School Food Ambassadors

School Food Ambassadors SFA

What is School Food Ambassadors?

In practice, SFA involves a small group of pupils becoming elected to monitor school food with the support of a key member of staff. They give feedback from their peers alongside evidence from monitoring to the school cook and senior leadership to influence change. It is all about pupils taking the lead for their own school food provision to improve its quality, increase uptake and enhance their overall dining experience beyond lunch times.

The model encourages a shared responsibility and adopts a whole school approach to school meals fitting in perfectly with The School Food Plan. It’s flexibility means that pupils can respond to changes in national and local policy to meet their needs.

Refreshed Guidance and Toolkit

School Food Ambassadors was originally launched in Leeds in 2011 and since then over half of all schools in the city have attended training to implement the model. We now know that School Food Ambassadors as a model really works and has undergone evaluation to prove this.

The guidance and toolkit has been completely refreshed in line with the updated Ofsted Inspection Framework and the School Food Plan, who have recognised it on the national website.  The revised guidance and toolkit is a fun, child friendly, step by step approach to implement the programme in schools with plenty of resources to help the process.

Training- Available Nationwide

In Leeds training is available for teachers and pupils, please see our training pages for dates or contact us for in school support.  To arrange training out with Leeds for individual schools, local authorities or groups of schools please email:

You can view a sample of the new School Food Ambassadors resources by clicking the images below .The full resources are available as hard and electronic copies for those that attend the training.

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