Deadline looms for funded healthy school food support

Schools are being reminded about the free support that is available to help them develop a healthy food culture after Ofsted included healthy eating in its new Common Inspection Framework.

From September, Ofsted inspections will look for evidence of “a culture or ethos of exercise and healthy eating, in classrooms as well as the school canteen”.

The move comes after the publication of new School Food Standards in January and the introduction of compulsory practical cookery to the national curriculum.

The new Ofsted focus falls under the personal development, behaviour and welfare judgement and means that schools might be expected to explain how they monitor and evaluate food education. Inspectors may assess the atmosphere and culture of the dining space and may ask whether the school governor responsible for healthy eating can provide evidence of compliance with the School Food Standards.

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