School Food Plan

As part of the School Food Plan, a new set of standards for all food served in schools was launched by the Department for Education. They became mandatory in all maintained schools, and new academies and free schools from January 2015.

You may have heard about Michael Gove, MP, Secretary of State for Education and The School Food Plan that he asked the Leon restaurateurs, Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent to create.  It was launched on Friday 12th July 2013.  It is having a profound impact on school meals and there is a website that gives more details and a full copy of the report at

The aim of the plan is to build on all the good work that has gone on since 2005 and the work Jamie Oliver did.  It is about creating a culture of “food and happiness”.  School food has to stick to national nutritional standards that will become food based standards from September.  This means that parents can be assured their child will receive a healthy and nutritious meal five days a week at lunch time.