The new Common Inspection Framework has been published and it's good news for school food!
On page 14 under Personal development, behaviour and welfare we find the words 'healthy eating' and within the Inspection Handbook on page 50 we're told that to be Outstanding, a school must demonstrate that pupils can '... make informed choices about healthy eating.'
Even more encouraging are the words on page 23 "Inspectors must ensure that they observe pupils in a range of situations ... for example during lunchtime, including in the dining hall." In addition, inspectors are specifically asked to observe lunchtime in the handbook which covers short inspections (page 56) where the focus is on student behaviour.
We appreciate that Inspectors should not be tasked with judging the food on the school plate but we're delighted that Ofsted now values healthy eating and that inspectors will be evaluating and rewarding the efforts made by schools to embed a good food culture as part of student development, behaviour and welfare. Nice work Ofsted ... we'd like to think that our campaign efforts have contributed!
In other news ...
DfE has updated guidance for schools on free school meals during school closures. First port of call is always your school caterer. If your caterer is unable to support, the voucher scheme is explained and DfE has settled on £15 per child per week.
We've been hearing such inspiring stories from our schools and catering teams that we thought we should write to Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson.