Finding your voice, foraging and food with Principals at the English Speaking Union

Finding your voice, foraging and food with Principals at the English Speaking Union

On 24th January Principals team were delighted to welcome Prue Leith and Lord Boateng to their landmark event “Beyond the Classroom” to discuss the future of school catering.

Prior to the main event, while the children attended a “finding your voice” workshop hosted by The English Speaking Union, our new Principals initiatives including a foraging demonstration, waste not recipes and new school cookery classes were unveiled to parents and teachers.

After a speech from Prue and Lord Boateng, the children had their opportunity to ask questions and receive autographs.

Prue Leith said “For many children their ONLY hope of learning to eat well is at school. Caterers can do that vital job, by getting kids to love good food. I think learning about food— cooking, growing sustainability, food politics — is every bit as important as maths and English.  It’s wonderful to see Principals supporting them with realistic and exciting initiatives that can change mindsets and outcomes in classrooms, dining halls and homes. I welcomed the opportunity to support the Principals event.”

The guests were treated to a school dinner inspired canape menu with a modern twist including cowboy stew, fish and chips and jelly and ice cream.

Peter McKenna, Principals’ Sales Manager, said:“Schools are well placed to drive change through direct communication and action with pupils, parents and guardians. By showing them the benefits of healthy eating and giving them the life skills to choose and cook healthy sustainable dishes, behaviours can be changed for the better, regardless of background.”

If you’d like to know more about how Principals can bring Beyond the Classroom to your school please email

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