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School Food Plan Alliance

This plan is about good food and happiness. It is about the pleasures of growing, cooking and eating proper food. It is also about improving the academic performance of our children and the health of our nation.

The quality of food in England’s schools has improved enormously since 2005, when Jamie Oliver alerted the nation to the horrors of the Turkey Twizzler. There has been a clear, measurable improvement in the nutritional quality of most school food, and a reduction in junk foods.

Getting school food right is fundamental to giving our children the best possible start in life. Providing children with a balanced, tasty and nutritious school lunch has been proven to impact positively on behaviour and attainment, as well as encouraging children to eat healthily. The best schools do a brilliant job of weaving food education – cooking, growing vegetables, even modest efforts at animal husbandry – into school life and the curriculum. This site provides information and resources to help all schools achieve this.