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Secondary Education: School Meals

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 6 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families by what means he expects secondary schools to conduct school nutrient analysis. (170031)

The School Food Trust (SFT) will shortly publish ‘A guide to introducing the Government’s food-based and nutrient-based standards for school lunches’. It will be on the SFT website in early December, and hard copies will be distributed to stakeholders including schools, local authorities and catering providers. The guide will explain the standards, give advice on implementing and monitoring them, and explain how to carry out nutrient analysis of school lunch provision.

The SFT has also published independent reviews of menu planning and nutrient analysis software, giving information on the types of packages available and their costs. The reviews are available on their website at:

http://www.schoolfoodtrust.org.uk/content.asp?Contentid=487

The School Lunch Grant, paid to local authorities from 2008/09 to 2010/11, can be used to meet the costs of the nutrient and menu checking software needed to ensure that school lunches are meeting the nutrient-based standards, and the expertise to use it.

The SFT is currently running pilots in 12 secondary schools to provide tested examples of nutrient standard compliant school lunch provision acceptable to secondary school pupils. The results of these pilots will be published next year.