Schools and young people in Northern Ireland

FSA Northern Ireland has worked with schools and universities to find out young peoples’ attitudes to food, and produced support materials to help them make healthy and safe food choices when they leave home. A number of fun games are also available for primary school and post primary school children, as well as other teaching resources.

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  • What's on a label

    "Whats on a label?" has been developed jointly by safefood and the Food Standards Agency in Northern Ireland. It is endorsed by the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA). It is designed to be engaging and provides many practical examples to assist students to learn in an interactive way.

  • Activ8 Eatwell

    A new initiative designed to promote healthy and active lifestyles to children is now available for all primary schools in Northern Ireland. The package, called Activ8 Eatwell, promises to keep alive the exciting and inspiring summer of Olympic sport.

  • Play Eatwell Bingo

    The Eatwell bingo game is a fun way of encouraging players to get the balance of their diet right by using the Eatwell plate. The aim of the game is to use the Eatwell plate model in an interactive bingo game that makes learning about healthy food choices interesting and fun. Instead of calling out bingo numbers, the game features nutrition messages where players find out food facts along the way.

  • Survival guide to food

    Welcome to the Survival Guide to Food, for all 6th form students. So, you want tips on cheaper cooking, food safety, and basic cooking advice? Take a look at the different sections to find out lots of helpful advice to help you eat well and be well.

  • Food competences for young people

    'Food route: a journey through food' is a range of colourful age-appropriate resources designed and developed to enable young people to gain food-related skills and knowledge.

  • Nutrient specifications for school meals

    Target nutrient specifications set voluntary maximum levels for total fat, saturated fat, sodium/salt and sugar in a range of manufactured foods used in school meals. They also set minimum levels have also been set for protein in certain vegetarian products. The specifications have been developed to assist caterers in meeting the wider standards for school lunches.

  • Broadcast media for children: nutrient profiling

    The nutrient profiling model is a tool to differentiate foods which are high in fat, saturated fat, salt or sugar. The model is being used by media and communications regulator Ofcom to regulate the advertising and promotion of foods to children.

  • is a website designed for trainers and teachers working with Early School Leavers to support the delivery of life skills training around food, and uses a blended learning approach to make learning fun. It was developed by the FSA in NI and safefood, in consultation with teachers and trainers.