Primary Education: School Meals

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 4th June 2008.

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Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather Shadow Secretary of State (Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what foods are (a) prohibited and (b) discouraged in primary schools with Healthy Schools status.

Photo of Kevin Brennan Kevin Brennan Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Children, Young People and Families)

All primary schools, with or without Healthy Schools status, have to meet the food-based nutritional standards introduced in September 2006 for school lunches and from September 2007 for other school food. They will also have to meet the nutrient-based standards which will be introduced for primary school lunches in September 2008.

Primary schools that have achieved national Healthy Schools status would have satisfied 41 criteria under four core themes which include a Healthy Eating theme. Under this theme, a Healthy School would have developed a food policy which ensures that lunches, breakfast club, tuck shop, vending machine and after-school food service (where available in school) meets or exceeds current DCSF school food standards.

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