Implementing the Plan in Hampshire
Introduction of food based standards for all schools in September 2014
The new menu for the Autumn complies with the new food standards.
Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM)
Hampshire worked closely with Property Services and Children’s Services to ensure catering equipment was provided as needed to ensure meal production could be increased to satisfy the anticipated demand for meals with the introduction of UIFSM.
A consultant, Ian Wright, contacted schools to find out their concerns and worked with headteachers to resolve any issues.
Uptake of meals is regularly monitored and HC3S aimed to be feeding a minimum of 70% of KS1 pupils by the end of the Autumn term 2014. The actual figure in infant schools was an 81% uptake by December 2014.
The food’s nutritional quality has always been extremely high and HC3S will continue to use reliable and high standard suppliers to achieve the new food standards.
Improving the image of school food
Within Hampshire, HC3S adopted the Change4Life theme across all primary schools during 2012. Over 300 schools have had new signage and menu boards since then, and all the menu leaflets and other publicity use this theme.
Improving the skills of the workforce
Since May 2013, additional Skills Trainers have been employed by HC3S to ensure all cooks have the necessary practical skills to produce our meals to a high standard. In addition, catering assistants have access to the trainers to improve their own skills with a view to encouraging them to take on the role of cook.
During 2014, additional trainers were put in place to ensure all cooks with new combination ovens are fully aware of their capability and could use them appropriately. These trainers are able to programme the ovens to match the requirement of the menu being catered.
Headteachers are always encouraged to be involved in the meal service offered at their school. In particular HC3S would like to see school staff having lunch with the children in the dining hall.