10 October 2019

Dame Sally Davies has released her final report as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England.

Here at School Food Matters, we are encouraged to see that Dame Sally has put the right of children to live in a healthy environment and with proper nutrition right at the heart of her report. We also welcome her comments that an excessive focus on weight-loss programmes and treatment, without improving eating habits and taking steps to change the obesogenic environment, will ultimately undermine the effectiveness of those programmes.  

Some key recommendations in the report include:

  • Extending the Soft Drinks Industry Levy (SDIL) to sweet milk drinks
  • Reviewing the Healthy Start Vouchers Scheme to improve uptake and effectiveness
  • Identifying ways to improve uptake and delivery of free school meals, and increasing the value of the free school meal allowance to cover the real cost of a healthy meal
  • Mandating School Food Standards across all schools (no exceptions), and ensuring robust and independent monitoring systems are in place.

You might recall that monitoring implementation of the School Food Standards was embedded in the School Food Plan - what gets measured gets done - but remains on the government’s to do list. Perhaps this further push from Dame Sally will get the job done.

You can read the full report here.

In other news ...

Chantelle and Tredwells team


24 September 2019

Chef Chantelle Nicholson welcomed 16 students from UAE South Bank to experience first-hand the pace and excitement of a professional kitchen at Tredwells restaurant.

phe sugar report picture


25 September 2019

Public Health England (PHE) reports the Soft Drinks Industry Levy has exceeded its initial target, achieving a 28.8% sugar reduction.

Team Belazu

Belazu Edible School Gardens

10 October 2019

Three cheers for Belazu volunteers who have spent this week building an edible school garden at a primary school in Northolt.