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  • - My wish is for you to help

  • a strong sustainable movement

  • to educate every child about food.

  • To inspire families to cook again

  • and to empower people everywhere to fight obesity.

  • I came here to start a food revolution

  • that I profoundly believe in.

  • - They had a big idea to change the world,

  • but they couldn't do it alone.

  • - So, my wish-

  • - For my wish-

  • - My wish- - So, my wish-

  • - And now, here's my wish.

  • Food is simple, it's just raw ingredients,

  • but it's the most powerful killer on the planet.

  • Every child has the human right to be taught about food,

  • where it comes from, how it affects their body,

  • and they should be shown at school

  • because it's at the frontline of the fight against obesity.

  • What happens at Charlton Manor

  • is that incredible head teacher

  • took it to the next level.

  • - In the past, the children weren't eating the right things.

  • I've been inspired by Jamie

  • to educate the school about the fact that

  • we're feeding the children the wrong food.

  • And I thought, well, the timetable

  • is an already crowded place.

  • There is so many lessons in the primary curriculum,

  • how can you introduce another subject

  • for teachers to teach?

  • So we looked at English,

  • we looked at math, science, history, geography,

  • and we saw how we could put that around food.

  • - When you incorporate cooking,

  • it's something everyone looks forward to.

  • - Today we're doing a little bit of science in the kitchen.

  • - We are going to combine our lessons on Diwali,

  • but also our lessons on shape and symmetry.

  • - Would you say this is a physical change

  • or a chemical change that I'm making?

  • - Physical.

  • - Physical change, you're right.

  • - For history topics, we talk about

  • the whole history of chocolate,

  • and so we can do the whole topic around that.

  • - Okay, and the Aztecs have been cooking with chocolate.

  • - And it's interesting because it's not made as they think

  • with all the milk in that they would have had,

  • and the taste is very, very different.

  • Some children like it, some children don't.

  • For maths, simple weighing and measuring.

  • - We're gonna be doing a lot of measuring,

  • 'cause we have to measure out some liquids,

  • which we did last term, we did some measuring.

  • - What he's done is he's put food

  • at the heart of the school,

  • and he's fed the stomach and the mind.

  • - Charlton Manor is a state school,

  • about 80 percent of children come from

  • areas that are identified as in poverty.

  • The children had very little experience

  • of being outside in the countryside,

  • knowing about food growing.

  • Over a period of time, we're able to build a garden.

  • - Welcome to the secret garden.

  • - This is our greenhouse.

  • This is our compost bin.

  • This is our warmery.

  • This is our vegetable patch.

  • And these are our chickens.

  • - The chickens come out, and they try and chase ya.

  • - I had to run for my life.

  • - Up at the community garden, we've got

  • two poly tunnels, so we can grow year round.

  • - I will pick onions, broccoli and carrots

  • because they're all healthy

  • and make you stronger, obviously,

  • and they just make me happy, so yeah.

  • - Twelve or 13 years ago there was a reluctance

  • to engage in this sort of curriculum.

  • There were many people that couldn't see

  • what we were aiming for and what we were trying to do.

  • Obesity hadn't reached the

  • epidemic proportions that it's reached now.

  • We're getting children that look and appear more healthy.

  • Concentration is so much higher.

  • Behavior issues are incredibly lower

  • than they have been in the past.

  • - One of the great things they've done

  • is introduce us to worlds of healthy food.

  • - Before I was a really picky eater.

  • I feel better when I eat healthier food.

  • - You fail your maths A level,

  • that's not gonna shorten your life by 10 years.

  • - You don't die young 'cause you didn't do

  • your geography homework.

  • These kids die young if they don't know

  • how to feed themselves.

  • I think Tim and the team would inspire

  • head teachers across the world, and parents.

  • Any teacher has the same capacity

  • to be as brilliant as he is.

  • His story we want to replicate,

  • but the truth is we've got so much more to do.

  • - Jamie really revolutionized our school dinners

  • and it really has hugely impacted on all of the children,

  • but so many in a deep way which is gonna stick with them

  • for the rest of their lives.

  • When you change a life like that,

  • it makes it all worthwhile.

  • From all of us at Charlton Manor, thank you, Jamie.

  • - Thank you, Jamie.

  • - Thank you, Jamie.

- My wish is for you to help

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