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.

New term, new standards!

SFP LogoWe begin the spring term with mandatory standards for all. This is a great moment for campaigners, schools and parents as we now have regulation to support our quest for healthy children who are ready to learn. These are robust standards to ensure that children eat well at school but they’re also easy for catering teams to understand and implement. There’s lots of help out there for schools. Let’s start with four top tips:

  • Read the School Food Plan guidance
  •  Remember that governors are responsible for ensuring that the standards are met. Read the DFE’s guidance for governors.
  • Check that your menus comply. If your school meal service has a Food for Life Catering Mark your service will be checked annually to ensure compliance. Alternatively, use these great resources from the Children’s Food Trust
  • If your school is an academy established after September 2010 and before June 2014 don’t miss out on the opportunity to review your menus and join the crusade! Sign up to the standards here 

The final word goes to schools minister, David Laws, who is a passionate supporter of this policy "Providing healthy school food boosts children's health and education. It gives them the fuel they need to concentrate inside and outside the classroom and establishes healthy eating habits for life".  

New year, new term, new competition!

Competiton logoWelcome back! To start the new term we've launched an exciting competition in partnership with The Edible Garden Show. The competition is now open to schools in London and the Home Counties with entries to be completed by Friday 13 February 2015. “Grow your own lunch” challenges schools to create two recipes for a delicious two-course lunch and to consider how key ingredients are grown. The competition will be a useful curriculum activity for schools contributing to numeracy, literacy, cooking, growing, science, enterprise and design. 

 Celebrity judges include BBC TV gardeners Pippa Greenwood and Chris Collins and chef, forager and wild food expert, Mark Lloyd. One winner and two runners up will receive amazing prizes from Morrisons Let’s Grow. And there's an additional prize from our friends at Food Growing Schools London to reflect this term's campaign "Grow around the World".

All the information you need to enter is here. Good luck!

Are you prepared for new information on food allergens?

FSA Master FoodFrom 13 December 2014, a new piece of European legislation, called the Food Information for Consumers Regulation (EU FIC), will apply. It will change the way allergen information appears on labels and on food that is pre‑packed, sold loose or served when you are eating out. The regulation applies to school food too. This is good news as these changes will provide allergen information in a clearer and more consistent way, allowing parents and children to feel confident about choosing a school meal. 

Click here to find out more information about the new rules and to access resources for your caterer, your parents and your dining room.