Aims and objectives

The Food – a fact of life programme

Food – a fact of life (FFL) is a comprehensive, progressive education programme which communicates up-to-date, evidence-based, consistent and accurate messages around ‘food’ to all those involved in education. FFL is managed by the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF), in partnership with the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

The programme:

  • is UK curriculum compliant and supports key ‘food’ qualifications;
  • is based on a progressive framework of knowledge and skills;
  • provides editable resources, allowing teachers to modify them to better suit the needs of their pupils ;
  • supports a range of learning styles and approaches;
  • provides professional development for trainee and practicing teachers;
  • has been developed by former teachers, as well as qualified nutrition and agriculture experts;
  • has oversight from four Education Working Groups who review work and help set future development.


  • To help individuals recognise that food is a basic requirement of life and should be enjoyed.
  • To help individuals develop an understanding of the underlying scientific principles upon which current issues in nutrition are based.
  • To inform about methods of food production and processing in domestic and commercial situations.
  • To encourage an awareness of social, economic and cultural aspects of food choice.
  • To enable individuals to demonstrate and apply appropriate knowledge of concepts and principles when planning and preparing meals and when making food choices. 
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