Schools: Food Growing

Education written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Diane Abbott Diane Abbott Shadow Minister (Public Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what information his Department holds on the number of schools with a food growing space in each of the last five years.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

While the Department for Education does not collect this information, the report of the Food Growing in Schools Taskforce, published in March 2012, showed that 80% of schools (comprising 80% of early years settings, 86% of primary schools and 72% of secondary schools) currently grow food.

It is for individual schools to choose how to use free space within their grounds. We do, however, recognise the benefits that growing food in schools can offer both in helping support teaching, especially of science, and to promote health and well-being in relation to diet and nutrition.

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