The School Food Plan has continued the work of Jamie Oliver and is changing the face of food in our schools. There are the three main outcomes;
- Free School Meals are compulsory for every child in the first three years of school from September 2014.
- New school food standards are mandatory from January 2015.
- The subject of Cooking and Nutrition is a compulsory part of the new National Curriculum for all children up to the age of 14 from September 2014.
Food competences have been set out as a framework of core skills and knowledge for children and young people 5-16 years as part of the new curriculum subject. These form essential building blocks so schools can provide a consistent set of food skills and knowledge.
As part of this new national curriculum from September 2014 all pupils in Key Stage 2 of primary must “understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed“.
In Key Stage 3 of secondary this is extended and they must “understand the source, seasonality and characteristics of a broad range of ingredients that are grown, reared, caught and processed”.
In March this year Ofsted inspectors announced that they would be focusing on the food being served in school, but more importantly the way that food is used to support the behaviour, ethos and culture of the school. Ofsted explained they will be taking a whole school approach to the inspection, as the new subject forms part of the actual inspection framework.