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Title: Update: School Meals Food and Learning

Update School Meals Food and Learning
  • Carol Leverkus
  • Schools Dietitian
  • Autumn 2008

  • School Meals (representing Glenis Quinn and
    Michael Gallacher)
  • relevance for opted out schools, outside their
  • blue text on school meals slides!
  • Food Policy
  • Bedfordshire School Meals week
  • The local Change 4 Life programme tackling
    overweight/ obesity
  • Schools Dietetic Project
  • Multi agency projects NHS Bedfordshire (PCT),
    Council, Healthy Schools (Eden school meals)

Schools Dietetic Project
  • Priorities
  • School meals
  • support / signposting for schools, not with Eden
    contract, to meet legislation.
  • increasing uptake
  • improving lunch choices
  • School Food Policy supporting Healthy Schools
  • 3. Change 4 Life programme targeting school
    communities with higher levels of obesity and
    overweight, focussing on improving habits by

Regulations for school food School Food Reform
  • September 2006 interim food-based standards
    for school lunches
  • September 2007 food-based standards for
    school food other than lunches
  • September 2008 lower and middle schools
    (with traditional service) to meet new nutrient
    based and final food based standards for school
  • September 2009 secondary schools, most middle
    schools, PRUs and special schools as above

Standards for school food
other than lunches…
  • No cakes and biscuits
  • Restrictions on salt, condiments, fried foods,
    starchy foods cooked in fats and oils and
    meat products - as for school lunches.
  • Where restrictions apply e.g. fried foods 2
    items per week covers lunch and all other food
    services. School lunch and breakfast club liaise.
  • Suitable foods
  • Sandwiches, homemade soups, tea bread, malt
    loaf, currant buns, fruit English muffins,
    bagels, dried fruit (up to 0.5 oil as glaze),
    fresh fruit, vegetable sticks with teaspoon of
    dip, yogurt, leaflet being developed

…. Standards for school food
other than lunches
  • No confectionery sold in schools - includes
    cereal bars.
  • No savoury snacks other then nuts and seeds
    (without added salt, fat or sugar).
  • Variety of fruit and veg. in all school food
  • Access at all times to free, fresh drinking
    water e.g.
  • water jugs on tables
  • No sweetened soft drinks to be sold. Only water
  • or sparkling), milk (skimmed or semi), pure
    fruit juices, yogurt or milk drinks
    (less than 5  added sugar),
  • low cal. hot chocolate, tea, coffee.
  • Minimum legal requirements and voluntary code.

Food-based guidance for lunch 2008/2009 for
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Not less than two portions of fruit and
    vegetables per day per child - at least one of
  • Meat, fish and non-dairy protein
  • Oily fish at least once in three weeks.
  • Starchy foods
  • Unbuttered bread as an extra to the meal
    every day.
  • Starchy food cooked in fat/oil max 3x weekly
  • Starchy food not cooked in fat available
  • Healthier drinks
  • water available and drinks as for other food

Food-based guidance contd…
  • Milk and dairy - semi-skimmed or skimmed, not
    full fat.
  • Cakes and biscuits but with no chocolate/confectio
  • Savoury crackers, breadsticks with dairy food,
    fruit, veg
  • No confectionery
  • No savoury snacks
  • No salt condiments restricted No table salt
    condiments only in 10g sachets or a
  • Deep-fried foods restricted - including those
    deep-fried in manufacturing process, max of twice
    a week.
  • Manufactured meat products. Economy burgers
    banned and some offal. Four groups. Upto one per
    group every 2 weeks.

  • 1. Burgers/
    chopped meat etc
  • 2. Sausages etc
  • 3. Pies
  • 4. Shaped/coated meat products

Nutrient Based Standards by 2008/9
  • Minimum levels per age group of
  • Carbohydrate, protein, fibre, vitamins A and
    C, folate, calcium, iron and zinc
  • Maximum levels per age group of
  • NMES (added sugars not lactose), fat,
    saturated fat, sodium
  • Energy per age group /- 5 - bread is excluded

Opted out schools how many?
  • Options to analyse menus, using School Lunch
  • your caterer
  • pay school meals at council to undertake - no
    option for web based terminals
  • groups of schools e.g Trusts buy software, need
    right expertise to get menus compliant - web
    based terminal for each school (? 300 per
  • link to another Authority and arrange terminal or
    contract them to analyse
  • adapt model, compliant menus on SFT site (3
    secondary, 2 primary) temporary measure
  • Calculate by food in minus waste and leftover
  • - lunch only service and less flexibility

Other considerations
  • Lifespan of School Food Trust 6 years
  • Nutrients standards do not allow for
  • - childrens preferences
  • - food waste
  • - significant errors on food composition
  • - effort by small caterers better spent on
  • getting more children to eat more healthily
  • - fortifying/ disguising foods to aid
  • does not help learning through modelling
  • National nutritional targets placed at school
    level rather than as a national monitoring tool.

School Food Trust Update
  • Review of software packages and menu planning
    tools due review of support services available
  • Caterers guide to calculating the nutrient
    content of lunch recipes Sept 08
  • Secondary school guide to the nutrient based
    standards for school lunches Sept 08

SFT contd….
  • Nutrient standards for middle schools submitted
    as new act! owers and uppers standards still
    from Schools Dietitian
  • Sign up for voluntary code of practice for drinks
  • Iron rich recipes and invitation to test them
  • Survey of school lunches in 6 schools in
  • each Authority
  • Special Educational Needs Schools
  • - issues around nutrient based standards
  • - case studies Dec 08
  • on SFT site
  • - snack/tuck leaflet being produced locally

Healthy Weight, Healthy Lives Strategy for
England January 2008
  • invest to ensure all schools are healthy
    schools, including making cooking a compulsory
    part of the curriculum by 2011, for all 1114
  • ask all schools to develop
  • healthy lunch box policies,
  • so that those not yet taking up
  • school lunches are also eating
  • healthily

Packed Lunch Policy
  • Guidance to mirror regulations for school meals
  • Promote social and health benefits of lunch break
    - avoid older children missing meals
  • Ban sweets and confectionery to avoid dinner
    money being spent on these!
  • Suit your school community

Governing Body
  • Food policy in Schools A strategic Policy
    Framework for Governing Bodies Sept 2007
  • Schools with delegated budgets responsible for
    ensuring standards are met. Schools with Eden
    have delegated responsibility back to L.A. for
    their provision e.g lunch, tuck etc
  • But all governors responsible for the overview
    are we getting what we should be?, food policy
    incl. packed lunch policy, every child matters,
    healthy schools
  • A fresh look at school food procurement
    efficiency and sustainablility

Bedfordshire School Meals Campaign
  • 4 categories for Eden schools
  • - Poster , Recipe , Caption and Initiative
  • 3 categories for opted out school
  • (excluding caption)
  • Due by 12th December 08 Initiative by March 09
  • School Meals Week 2 6th February 09
  • Healthy Schools Conference 4th February

Million Meals
  • Healthy lunch choice
  • Social value
  • Maintain service and value for
    FSM children and no stigma
  • Knife and fork meals
  • More veg, lower sodium,
    lower saturated fat, less sugar

Food Policy
  • consultation and debate
    stimulates change and not the
  • Template to develop one in your school is
  • Would Governors like a Food Policy training

Targeted capital programme for school kitchens
  • Expressions of interest by December 08
  • from LA
  • Formal bids by February 2009
  • 50 matched funding
  • 100m available nationally
  • Enquiries to Sue Mckeating County Hall ?
  • If planning for change to 2 tier remember to
    consider eating/ dining facilities from outset

Change 4 Life Programme
  • Multi - agency programme targeting communities
    identified as having above average levels of
    overweight and very overweight children
  • Sandy
  • Holmemead Biggleswade and
    feeder schools
  • Balliol community
  • Daubeney and feeder schools
  • Grovebury ward in Leighton

Change 4 Life ……..
  • Link to national obesity social marketing
    campaign e.g Cruel to be kind
  • Focus groups to find out what communities want
  • Diet, cooking, activity, involving businesses,
    shops etc
  • Access parents and improve modelling to improve
    eating habits
  • Encompass tackling credit crunch
  • Awareness of under nutrition, food and emotional
    well being and eating problems. Lesson plans KS1
    and 2, developed by Healthy Schools - Sally
    Horton. Literacy and social and emotional well

Further Information
  • Business card please email for any
    information e.g
  • - food policy templates
  • school meals regulations
  • school meals competitions
  • nutrient standards for 3 tier system
  • Jane Jaycocks, Dietetic Asst from early Nov 08
    Nutrition degree.
  • Emailcarol.leverkus_at_bedfordhospital.nhs.uk
  • Tel 01234 792171
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