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Standards for school food in England


Department for Education

Subject Keywords: Departmental advice on the standards for planning and providing food in schools.
Topic: Obesity
Type: Guideline
Region: England

This departmental advice is for governing bodies of:

  • maintained schools
  • academies
  • pupil referral units

who provide food to registered pupils.

Revised school food standards regulations come into effect on 1 January 2015. A draft copy of the regulations is available on this page to help users to become familiar with the changes and make preparations ahead of their introduction.

A user-friendly summary of the standards and guidance to help schools and other organisations implement them is available on the school food plan website.

The revised standards, which were consulted on in March 2014, will be mandatory in all maintained schools, academies that opened prior to 2010 and academies and free schools entering into a funding agreement from June 2014.



Rights: Department for Education
Suggested citation:

Department for Education. (2014) Standards for school food in England [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 15th November 2019].


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