Update to Nutritional Standards for School Food

Closed 27 Mar 2020

Opened 30 Jan 2020


The Nutritional Standards for School Lunches and Other Food and Drinks in Schools were developed in 2007 to ensure that all food provided in grant-aided schools reflects government guidance on healthy eating at that time. This was initially articulated in the Balance of Good Health which became known as the Eatwell Plate. The Eatwell Plate was updated in 2016 to reflect up-to-date research and government guidance on healthy eating and is now known as the Eatwell Guide. The Eatwell Guide shows the different types of foods and drinks we should consume, and in what proportions, to have a healthy, balanced diet.

It is important to ensure that the Nutritional Standards remain current, taking into account the most recent evidence and changes in recommendations such as the Eatwell Guide, the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) reports on Carbohydrate and Health and Saturated Fats and Health; the Public Health England sugar and salt reduction targets, and the World Cancer Research Fund report linking processed meat and cancer.

Why We Are Consulting

The current Nutritional Standards were developed over 12 years ago and in that time the evidence and research has changed and it is important that we update them to reflect up to date government guidance on healthy eating. In order to do this we have developed draft updated Nutritional Standards for School Food and we are seeking your views on these proposed changes.

Please click on the link below to take part in the survey. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.


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