How does animal welfare relate to the food in our school?
- school meals
- packed lunches
- vending machines
- Food Technology lessons
- school milk (Welsh primary schools only).
What animals are affected by the food we have in schools?:
- farm animals that supply the meat, eggs and milk
- wildlife harmed by litter (in the school grounds and at refuse sites).
Conduct a survey
What sort of food is available in school?
- Is the food from a higher welfare source? How do we know this?
- Are there vegetarian options available?
- Are the eggs used by the school meals service from free-range hens?
- Is the food used in Food Technology bought with animal welfare in mind?
- Are pupils taught about different types of food production in Food Technology?
- Is the supplier of school milk accredited by any farm assurance scheme?
- What happens to any waste produced? How much is recycled?
What can we do to make a difference?
- What are farm assurance schemes? Do they all offer the same benefits to animal welfare?
- What changes are possible? Talk to the school meals provider, the school management team and the Food Technology co-ordinator.
- How much do recycling bins cost and where is the most effective place to put these?
Make our ideas happen
- Consider how we will organise this.
- Who do we need to consult before implementing our ideas?
- Do we need to seek permission for some of our ideas?
- How will we know whether our ideas have been successful?
How successful were we at making a difference to the problems?
- What worked well?
- What would we do differently?
- Is there anything else we need to do?
- Do we need to repeat what we have done again, e.g. every six months?
Download a PDF information sheet of these ideas below.