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School Food Standards

Eating in school should be a pleasurable experience: time spent sharing good food with peers and teachers. 

These school food standards are intended to help children develop healthy eating habits and ensure that they get the energy and nutrition they need across the whole school day. It is just as important to cook food that looks good and tastes delicious; to talk to children about what is on offer and recommend dishes; to reduce queuing; and to serve the food in a pleasant environment where they can eat with their friends.

As a general principle, it is important to provide a wide range of foods across the week. Variety is key – whether it is different fruits, vegetables, grains, pulses or types of meat and fish. Children love to hear the stories behind their food. Use fresh, sustainable and locally-sourced ingredients (best of all, from the school vegetable garden), and talk to them about what they are eating.

Buying foods in line with the Government Buying Standards will help reduce salt, saturated fat and sugar, and increase fruit, vegetable and fibre content.

Find out more here: www.schoolfoodplan.com

School Food Standards Guidance

The School Food Standards Overview

Government Response


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