In 2011, together with Jamie Oliver, Children's Food Campaign, LACA and Food for Life Partnership, SFM asked everyone to lobby their MPs to sign EDM 54, calling for the mandatory school food standards to apply to all schools without exemption.
Save Our School Food Standards
In 2012, we continued this campaign during our work with the School Food Plan. Read our submission to the School Food Plan here.
In 2013 the Plan committed to develop and pilot a set of food standards within a nutrition framework. The revised food standards were announced in March 2014 with a consultation period that completed in April. All schools are required to follow these standards from January 2015 including new Academies through their funding agreements. For information on the new standards please visit the School Food Plan website. Our task now is to persuade the government to close the 'regulation gap' so that the 3,896 academies currently exempt from the legislation will be obliged to comply.
In December 2015 we wrote to Nicky Morgan asking her to make our Christmas Wish come true by making standards apply to all schools. This echoed the recommendations of the Health Select Committee in their report Childhood Obesity; Brave and Bold Action.
In August 2016 the Childhood Obesity Plan (p9) highlighted the academies gap and pledged to lead a campaign to encourage all schools to sign up to the standards. This is a start but we know that voluntary standards don't work and school food standards must be mandatory. If the Department for Education saw fit to change the funding agreements for new academies so that they had to comply, clearly the job needs to be finished by sweeping up the 3,896 academies in the gap. The campaign continues!