It will be nutritious meals all the way from now on at Dickens Heath Primary after the school has become part of a new Government healthy eating drive.
The new standards introduced by the Government will ensure all children will only be eating nutritious meals at school to support the pupils’ health and education.
The scheme, which was launched locally last week at Dickens Heath Primary, gives greater freedom to school cooks to create dishes better suited to their talents, adapt to the children’s preferences and source seasonal and local food.
The Government’s new School Food Standards, for all food served in schools, came into force on January, 1.
Schools minister David Laws said: “These new food standards will ensure that nutritious, tasty meals can be enjoyed by all children who choose a school lunch.
“Providing healthy school food boosts children’s health and education. It gives them the fuel they need to concentrate inside and outside the classroom and establishes healthy eating habits for life.”
The School Food Plan will be mandatory in all maintained schools, new academies and free schools. The new standards are designed to make it easier for school cooks to create imaginative, flexible and nutritious menus.
According to the Government bosses, although the previous standards, introduced between 2006 and 2009, did much to improve school food, they were complicated and expensive to enforce.
Henry Dimbleby, chair of the Standards Panel and co-author of The School Food Plan, added: “The previous standards did a lot of good in removing the worst foods from children’s diets.
“But when we were writing the School Food plan we met lots of wonderful cooks who felt restricted by them.” The new standards include one or more portions of vegetables or salad as an accompaniment every day, at least three different fruits and three different vegetables each week.
There is also an emphasis on wholegrain foods in place of refined carbohydrates and an emphasis on making water the drink of choice.