Free range broiler chickens © Andrew Forsyth/RSPCA


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?

Find out

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?

Take action

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 (PDF 88KB).