School Meals

Education written question – answered on 8th May 2014.

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Photo of Diane Abbott Diane Abbott Labour, Hackney North and Stoke Newington

To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will take steps to ensure that school lunches in academies and free schools meet the nutritional standards of those in the state sector; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of David Laws David Laws The Minister of State, Cabinet Office, The Minister for Schools

The revised school food standards will apply to single mainstream academies and free schools opening from July 2014, other mainstream academies and free schools opening from autumn 2014, and non-mainstream academies opening later in 2014. Academies set up prior to 2010 already have to comply.

During their review of school food, the authors of the School Food Plan approached several academy chains, including the Harris Federation, the Oasis Community Learning Multi-Academy Trust, and the School Partnership Trust. All agreed in principle to comply with the standards and the Leon Foundation is encouraging as many academies and free schools as possible to sign up formally to the new standards.

99% of those academies which responded to a survey by the School Food Trust in 2012 said they were committed to following the new food standards.

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