New term, new standards!
We begin the spring term with mandatory standards for all.
This is a great moment for campaigners, schools and parents as we now have regulation to support our quest for healthy children who are ready to learn. These are robust standards to ensure that children eat well at school but they’re also easy for catering teams to understand and implement.
There’s lots of help out there for schools. Let’s start with four top tips:
- Read the School Food Plan guidance
- Remember that governors are responsible for ensuring that the standards are met. Read theDFE’s guidance for governors.
- Check that your menus comply. If your school meal service has a Food for Life Catering Mark your service will be checked annually to ensure compliance. Alternatively, use these great resources from the Children’s Food Trust
- If your school is an academy established after September 2010 and before June 2014 don’t miss out on the opportunity to review your menus and join the crusade! Sign up to the standards here.
The final word goes to schools minister, David Laws, who is a passionate supporter of this policy "Providing healthy school food boosts children's health and education. It gives them the fuel they need to concentrate inside and outside the classroom and establishes healthy eating habits for life".
In other news ...
Our friends at Sustain have published a new guide for councils, school caterers and partners who want to deliver meals to older and disabled adults during the Covid-19 outbreak.
The Mayor of London has written to Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, regarding holiday provision.
Join us for a one-hour webinar at 11am this Friday 22nd May to hear imaginative ideas on how best to cater for pupils when returning to school.