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A challenging year ahead for school food

On top of the challenge of expanding free school meals to all key stage 1 children, schools now face new school food standards in January. Suzanne O’Connell looks at the challenges ahead for school food.

It seemed like a good idea and most schools welcome the principle. However, the problems with implementing free school meals for key stage 1 (as detailed in Headteacher Update in May) are not going away. And now there are new standards too...

The idea that all children in key stage 1 should be guaranteed a nutritious meal at lunchtime has much to recommend it. It is a catch-all designed to ensure that the nation’s children can rely on having at least one healthy meal a day in their first years of school.

However, when deputy prime minister Nick Clegg announced the plans, it is unlikely that he was aware of just how many difficulties such a seemingly good idea could bring with it. 

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