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 ...
Three cheers for Belazu volunteers who have spent this week building an edible school garden at a primary school in Northolt.
Bite Back 2030 is on a mission to achieve a world where every young person has the opportunity to be healthy and this youth-led movement aims to halve childhood obesity in the UK by 2030.