Why use CaterMap School catering consultants?
New legislation, funding and a recent groundswell of public opinion has given the best opportunity to improve the quality of school food since regulations were removed in 1980. Schools can transform the food they offer and many are already seeing the physical, social, and educational benefits for their pupils.
The law and your responsibilities
Governors with delegated budgets have a responsibility to ensure new food-based standards are being met. Their responsibilities include:
- ensuring nutritional standards are met
- deciding on food dishes and ingredients
- providing free school meals to eligible pupils
- providing facilities for pupils bringing packed lunches
- deciding where and when water is made available
- setting snack policies
The School Food Regulations (2007) are mandatory, and schools are legally obliged to comply. Ofsted are monitoring a school’s approach to healthy eating as part of its regular inspection of schools. Within the Ofsted Self Evaluation Form (SEF) there is a list of the legal requirements a school has to meet.
School meal reform
The new school food standards cover all food sold or served in schools, including breakfast, lunch, after-school meals, vending machines, mid-morning snacks and after-school clubs.
Grants and funding options
We can advise whether your school is eligible for grants for:
- sustainable catering services
- improving school food
- implementing healthy food activities
- kitchens, equipment and facilities procurement
- capital projects
How CaterMap can you help your School catering
Our two principal catering consultants each have more than twenty-five years practical catering experience within schools, colleges, and universities. Our professional catering consultancy service has helped many past and current clients. They offer the most sincere, relevant and direct feedback to reassure you about proceeding with further discussions.