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Schools: Nutrition

House of Lords written question – answered on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of Lord Beecham Lord Beecham Shadow Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government), Shadow Spokesperson (Health)

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they require academies and free schools to adhere to set nutritional standards; and, if not, why not.

Photo of Lord Hill of Oareford Lord Hill of Oareford The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Academies, including free schools, opened since September 2010 are not required to adhere to set nutritional standards. Academies are given greater autonomy and freedom to use their professional judgment to make the best decisions on behalf of their pupils. We are confident that academies will know that good food supports good behaviour and better concentration in school and will wish to provide healthy school food. The school food standards for maintained schools also provide a benchmark of good practice. The Secretary of State has asked the School Food Trust to look at the approach taken by academies to providing healthy school food for their pupils, including a mixture of established and new academies.

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