Soft drinks levy cash for schools!
The tireless work of sugar campaigners is already paying dividends with the government announcing £415m funding to support a new Healthy Pupils Capital Programme.
Schools are to receive £415 million to help pupils benefit from healthier, more active lifestyles. The funding will be made available to all state-funded schools and sixth form colleges via the local authority or direct to academies and smaller multi-academy trusts.
This is good news indeed for children as the cash is in addition to funding already allocated to breakfast clubs and for Universal Infant Free School Meals. We hope that schools will see value in spending the funds on food education programmes involving cooking and growing food to equip children with the life skills they need to lead healthier lives. You can read more here.
In other news ...
Today schools and nurseries across the country are opening their doors to parents, grandparents and members of their local community and enjoying a freshly prepared, locally sourced roast dinner together.
In case you’ve missed it, the Department for Education has given an update on the much-reduced Healthy Pupils Capital Fund.
A series of example menus and guidance have been published today to support healthier food provision in early years settings in line with current government dietary recommendations.