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The Health Education Trust (HET)

The Health Education Trust (HET) is a charity which works to improve the health and well-being of young people through engagement and consultation of the whole school community. The vehicle developed by HET is an action group, such as a School Nutrition Action Group (SNAG) to transform school food culture or School Allergy Action Group (SAAG) to reduce the risk of severe allergic reactions within school settings.

The School Nutrition Action Group forms the basis of the very successful Soil Association Food for Life programme. The SNAG is the fundamental part of the programme in transforming food culture and bringing all the different elements of the programme together. This was recognised by John Vincent and Henry Dimbleby when they wrote the School Food Plan. They recognised the importance of the engagement of the wider school community, through for example a SNAG, in improving the diet of pupils at school (www.schoolfoodplan.com). 

The same principles of the School Nutrition Action Group are now being applied to the School Allergy Action Group to support schools to develop effective school-specific allergy policy and action plan that meets the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) guidelines and means the school fulfils its duty under the Department for Education Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions guidance. 

HET school policy development officers are working with our case study schools to establish SAAG groups and consider how best to implement each guideline for effective management across the whole school at all times.

To see how SAAGs work see the How SAAGs work page.