A new set of standards have been introduced today for all food served in schools. These standards are designed to make it easier for school cooks to create imaginative, flexible and nutritious meals.
Previous standards introduced between 2006 and 2009 were complicated and expensive to enforce, making it hard to allow flexibility and creativity.
The new standards make it easy for school cooks to include healthy food, with fruit and vegetables as a requirement. Wholegrain foods will be used in place of refined carbohydrates and meals will include less fatty foods and sugary drinks.
In trials, the new standards proved extremely popular with schools cooks - 90% saying that they were easier to implement than the old standards. They also proved to be more effective at delivering the energy and nutrients that growing children need.
Nick Clegg said:
"Every mum and dad knows that if you want your child to do well at school, and particularly to concentrate well in the classroom in the afternoon, a healthy meal at lunchtime is vital.
"If you speak to heads, teachers and cooks about the school meals they provide, they want to be given a little bit more freedom to make their own choices.
"The revised school food standards will allow schools to be more creative in their menus. They are easier for schools to understand and crucially they will continue to restrict unhealthy foods to ensure our children eat well."
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