Food and Nutrition Charter Mark

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The Food and Nutrition Charter Mark has been developed by a local multi-agency group of health, food and nutritional practitioners and education professionals.

The Charter has been developed to support schools to introduce and promote healthier eating and drinking behaviours to enable pupils and individuals within the wider school community maintain healthy weight.

In addition, the charter recognises the dedication of schools within the city in contributing towards the health and wellbeing of their pupils, staff and local communities. 

The Food and Nutrition Charter is one of the five Health and Wellbeing related Charters that contribute to the Sunderland Healthy Schools Award. 

Food and Nutrition Charter Mark Levels

There are three levels of Food and Nutrition Charter Accreditation; Bronze, Silver and Gold.

  • Bronze level has been developed in line with national guidelines.
  • Silver level includes all elements of the Bronze level and supports schools to implement a range of additional initiatives, resources and support to implement healthier eating and drinking behaviours amongst pupils and, where relevant, the wider school community
  • Gold level includes all elements of Bronze and Silver level and challenges and supports schools to implement an outstanding range of initiatives, resources and support to implement healthier eating and drinking behaviours amongst pupils and the wider school community

Food and Nutrition Charter Mark Accreditation Process

Due to a range of factors the working group overseeing the Food and Nutrition Charter Mark have made the decision that schools may only attain Bronze level of the Food and Nutrition Charter during the 2020/21 school year.

Silver and Gold levels will be available from 2021/22 onwards. 

Ready to apply for the Bronze Level? Complete the Food and Nutrition Bronze Accreditation Form, available in the downloads section below.

Food and Nutrition Charter Support to Schools

Schools who would benefit from support to establish the Food and Nutrition Charter Mark can access this from Sunderland Public Health. Please contact karen.lightfoot-gencli@sunderland.gov.uk with any queries or requests for support.

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In Sunderland Healthy School Award

  • The Active Charter Mark was developed as an improvement tool for schools.
  • The Anti Bullying Charter Mark is a tool created by young people to help schools and other establishments showcase the work they do to prevent bullying.
  • The Food and Nutrition Charter Mark has been developed to support schools to introduce and promote healthier eating and drinking behaviours.
  • The emotional wellbeing of children and young people is just as important as their physical health.  For this reason, we encourage schools to implement our Mental Health Charter Mark.
  • The Relationship, Sex and Health Education Charter Mark has been developed by a local multi-agency group of public health practitioners, health professionals and education professionals.