Sharing what works well in school food

A growing collection of examples of excellence across all aspects of delivering great food in schools

"This site is about helping schools learn from each other’s success stories: great examples and clever ideas. If you have your own story to tell please share it with us." - Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent, authors of the School Food Plan

Every school is different, and every school faces a different combination of challenges as it tries to improve its food. There is no one-size-fits-all template of perfection. But there are certain challenges that crop up again and again, from the small rural primary struggling to break even, to the massive urban secondary school battling to squeeze its students into a tiny canteen.

Luckily, for every difficulty that arises, there is a school somewhere out there that has found a way to fix it.

This website exists to help schools come together to share practical ideas and experiences. It’s about giving head teachers, governors, cooks, caterers and local authorities easy access to each other’s ideas, to help spread best practice faster and wider.

Here you can learn from great examples across all aspects of school food, from delivering great quality meals to reducing queues, learning to cook to managing contracts, getting a new kitchen to getting parents involved.

The Plan - The School Food Plan is exactly that – an agreed plan that has the support of the Secretary of State for Education and of the diverse organisations who are supporting head teachers to improve food in their schools. To read the plan, or for news and updates on progress across its various actions, go here.

With special thanks to: Caterlink Foundation for their funding support, Alastair Storey, Emma Noble, Gemma Hopwood, Jillian Pitt, Behaviour Change, Tommy, Jane Gerber, Ed Vainker

With grateful thanks to the Caterlink Foundation for their support