A useful starting point may be to define what is understood by leadership and to clarify the meaning and its relationship with management. Gather evidence, which helps you look closely at the impact of leadership and management on the experience of children and young people and outcomes achieved in relation to food in school.

Sources of evidence should include examples of documents, people’s views and any feedback from what you have observed. Evidence should  show clearly what works well and where  efforts for improvement should be focused.   It should be clear why a particular piece of evidence is relevant and why it supports your evaluation. Labelling and summarising evidence can help identify important pieces and show why they are significant. For practical tips and advice on improving the participation of children and young people go to page 12 How good is OUR school? Part 1

Evidence of demonstrable outcomes may include but is not limited to the following:

  • Evidence, which demonstrates the impact and improvements achieved due to whole school/service approaches, sharing knowledge and expertise, and working toward finding solutions together.
  • Examples of effective staff development which is improving knowledge, awareness and understanding, and building the capacity of staff at all levels to lead and be accountable for improvements in practice in relation to food in school.
  • Examples of improvement planning,  improvement priorities and outcomes shared, monitoring plans, information on local context.
  • Evidence of the impact of a shared vision, values and aims.