The School Food Plan is a Department for Education backed set of recommendations to improve food in schools. The plan was launched in July 2013 following a 12 month review of school food by industry experts Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent.
The plan was driven by rising rates of childhood obesity and the huge cost that diet-related illness is having on the NHS.
Aims of the School Food Plan:
Schools can achieve a Health Improvement Award by implementing the main principles of the School Food Plan:
1. Concentrate on the things children care about: good food, attractive environment, social life, price, and brand.
2. Adopt a “whole-school approach”. This is a simple idea, but an important one. It means treating the dining room as an integral part of the school, where children and teachers eat; lunch as part of the school day; the cooks as important staff members; and food as a vital element of school life.
3. Have a head teacher who leads the change.