Welcome to School Food Matters

The School Food Matters website is for anyone who cares about school food and food education. Here you will find evidence of why school food matters, great examples of best practice and fun ideas to get children cooking and growing and out onto a farm.  

Sign up for our newsletter to stay in touch with our campaigns and food education projects and read the independent evaluation of our schools meals campaign in Richmond; Executive Summary or Full Report.

Borough Talks

BM LogoWe're delighted to be contributing to Borough Market's first ever Borough Talk! On Tuesday 30 June at 7pm, our founder Stephanie Wood will be joining food writers, Bee Wilson and Rosie Birkett and Honey and Co's founder/chef, Sarit Packer in a panel discussion focusing on the question; Is Cooking a Lost Art? Sybil Kapoor is tasked with keeping order. Book your ticket here and join the debate - you'll get a glass of wine and some delicious food from Borough's market traders. What's not to like?

Young Marketeers getting ready for summer sale

peasOur Young Marketeers in Southwark primary schools are getting ready for our summer sale at Borough Market next Thursday 2 July. Today heralded a series of site visits to the enterprising schools, with Paul from Food Growing Schools London on hand to assist with any veg-related queries. We hear that the veg is coming along nicely and crops include strawberries, peas, herbs, salad leaves and broad beans. With a bit of sunshine and the odd shower we can look forward to a bountiful harvest in time for summer sale day. Please come along and show your support from 11am-1pm at the Market Hall, Borough Market and help our Young Marketeers raise money for FareShare.

Ofsted

Ofsted logoThe 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!