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Timeline of the School Dinner Story So Far...
- The fight continues...
- The Education Bill published by the Department of Education makes it easier for schools to use special pricing offers to encourage more pupils to try healthy school lunch.
- Number of families choosing school dinners increases for the third year in a row with 173,000 more children taking up school meals in the last year.
- New Academies are made exempt by the current government from the nutritional standards created in 2006, much to the dismay of Jamie Oliver and the school food community.
- Jamie's Home Cooking Skills exceeds 10,000 individual registrations in 577 centres.
- Jamie publishes his Feed Me Even Better Manifesto igniting the issue of school dinners once again and reminding everyone that we must not let the government backtrack and undo the work we have done.
- Jamie Oliver launched a new and inspirational cooking course, Jamie’s Home Cooking Skills,tailored to all UK secondary schools and further education colleges. There are currently 300 centres teaching this course, which gives young learners the basic skills they need to be able to feed themselves and their families in a healthy, cost-effective way.
- The School Food Trust released another survey, showing that school meals were more nutritious than the average packed lunch
- Research by Oxford and Essex Universities showed that children who eat a healthy school meal at lunchtime behave better, concentrate better and achieve more in class. Their research in the Greenwich schools that were part of the Jamie's School Dinners series 5 years ago, as well as additional research by the School Food Trust, showed a clear and consistent link between better school food and lower absenteeism and improvements in results and pupil behaviour.The children we are feeding better are now doing better.
- A new coalition government comes into power. Watch this space...
- The School Food Trust's School lunch and learning behaviour survey was released. It was the first study of its kind, and clearly showed that a nutritious school lunch improves a child's behaviour and concentration in the classroom, with primary school kids being three times more likely to concentrate in the afternoon after a nutritious school meal.
- School meal take-up started to rise for the first time since the 1970s, with 300,000 more kids eating a school meal in 2009 than in 2008
- The nutritional quality of school food improved even more with the introduction of the nutrient-based standards for school lunches. These standards ensure school lunches give children the perfect balance of energy and nutrients that they need. They also limit the amount of foods high in fat, salt and sugar that they are exposed to while at school. They are now in place across the majority of schools in England and continue to be a legal requirement.
- Education Minister, Ed Balls, announced that cooking lessons would become compulsory for all 11 to 14 year olds from September 2011
- Junk food was banned in schools, and new legal food-based standards for school food were brought in
- The Food for Life project was established to support schools as they developed a 'whole-school' approach to food
- Jamie's School Dinners series aired on Channel 4
- Tony Blair committed £280 million to improve school food
- The School Food Trust was established as specialist adviser to Government on school meals. Despite all the recent cuts, it is still going strong as a charity