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Questions about milk

School food
What are the rules on providing milk to pupils? Amy Cook answers some of the most commonly questions from school leaders

It has been a big year for school food in England. Following recommendations in the School Food Plan, every child in an infant class is now entitled to a free school lunch and cooking lessons are an entitlement within the national curriculum from key stages 1 to 3. And then five months ago, champions of healthy eating in schools welcomed new School Food Standards, designed to make it "easier for school cooks to create imaginative, flexible and nutritious menus".

The standards set stringent rules on how school food is prepared and what goes into it, so researchers at The Key weren't surprised when school leaders started asking us questions about the nitty-gritty aspects.

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