School caterers, teachers and parents are being urged to share their views on what’s working and what needs to change in school food.  

People have until the 19th July to take part in a survey which aims to identify key areas for reform.

The survey has been developed by the School Food Review working group – which Chefs in Schools is a part of – and is now live:

The School Food Review working group has been set up by leading practitioners, charities and campaigners working to improve school food across the country. 

In the wake of Covid-19, where issues of food access, inequality and obesity have been highlighted, the working group is building a case for a root and branch review of school food. The ultimate aim is to:

  • Put nutritious food centre stage for all children in school, helping them to eat better and learn better.

  • Ensure that every child can access a hot, healthy meal, every day at school.

  • Demonstrate the positive impact of an improved school food system on learning and health outcomes. 

The working group is supported by Impact on Urban Health and brings together charities, like ourselves, with organisations such as the Food Foundation and the #EndChildFoodPoverty coalition (supporting Marcus Rashford), with School Food Matters and Bite Back 2030.

The group is being chaired by Dr Nick Capstick, CEO of the White Horse Federation – a trust of 32 schools.

Dr Capstick said: “The last year has been incredibly difficult for pupils, parents, teachers and the frontline teams that support us in schools. We are so grateful for the way that everyone has pulled together. As we collectively start to look beyond the pandemic, we have the chance to listen, learn and rebuild towards a healthier future for every young person.

“The School Food Review working group is building the case for a post-Covid reset of school food, to set the stage for a healthier generation. I urge everyone to complete the survey, so that we can effectively demonstrate the positive impact of an improved school food system on learning and health.”