Is your school Sugar Smart?

Schools are taking steps to help pupils reduce their sugar intake. Children aged 4-10 years consume, on average, around three times of the amount of sugar they should, and sugary drinks play a big part in their intake.

Primary schools take on the Sugar Smart Challenge

Pupils across 19 schools took part in the Sugar Smart Challenge. Pupils were challenged to drink only water and milk every day for a week with no more than one other drink, with a main meal, each day.

The challenge has now closed and we’ve chosen the lucky prize winners. Great prizes included goodie bags, meal vouchers for Healthy Choice restaurants, activity sessions, shopping vouchers, cinema and event tickets. A complimentary family meal up to the value of £80 from Jamie's Italian Brighton was also up for grabs!  

Sugar Smart resources

Sugar Smart assembly

We gave assemblies to over 10,000 pupils at 30 primary schools between January and March 2016. Pupils found out where sugar lurks, why they should cut back and how.

Use our Sugar Smart Assembly (PDF 4.9MB) resource to help your pupils become Sugar Smart.

Kitchen Garden Project

We're offering a free Jamie Oliver’s Kitchen Garden Project membership to all Brighton & Hove Primary Schools. Kitchen Garden Project gives schools access to hundreds of recipes written for children, lesson plans, growing units, curriculum-linked activities, videos and other supporting materials to help teachers bring cooking and growing food into the school day.

To access your free membership visit the Kitchen Garden project website and enter the voucher code #sugarsmartbrighton.

The Sugar Detectives

Watch pupils at Balfour Primary School become Sugar Smart! Our detectives are shocked to learn how much sugar everyday food products contain and are taught how to make a great tasting tomato sauce from scratch, without the added sugar! Check out the short film.

Breakfast clubs

The Healthy Choice Award helps school breakfast clubs to serve varied, nutritious and age appropriate meals. 

If your school has a breakfast club, find out if they hold a Healthy Choice Award by contacting Jo Lewin, Community Nutritionist at the Brighton & Hove Food partnership. Email jol@bhfood.org.uk or call 01273 431717. Find out how breakfast clubs are becoming Sugar Smart.

School meals

Our School Meals team reduced the sugar content of food and drink offered in primary schools and ensures schools are compliant with the national School Food Standards. The standards restrict sugar-sweetened drinks and confectionery and limit the portion size for fruit juice to 150ml.

All desserts served in Brighton & Hove primary schools meet the recommended portion sizes for primary school children. Icing and drizzles are not used and all desserts have either a 'low' or 'medium' sugar content.

We're also supporting schools to implement a Healthy Packed Lunch and Snack Policy. Download the policy template (PDF 374KB) to get started.

Find out more

Go to our main Sugar Smart web page to find out more and get information for families and businesses.