School food

This collection brings together publications by PHE relating to schools and school food.

This collection brings together publications by Public Health England (PHE) relating to schools and school food.

Help for schools and caterers to buy healthier food and ingredients

It is anticipated that schools and caterers use the Government Buying Standards for Food & Catering Services Nutrition Criteria (GBSF) alongside the School Food Standards to help reduce salt, saturated fat and sugar in children’s diets.

PHE and the Children’s Food Trust worked to pilot and publish a guide and checklist tool for school caterers to help them to meet the GBSF mandatory nutrition criteria.

The trust also published:

  • 2 page overview of the GBSF mandatory nutrition criteria and how these relate to the school food standards
  • a case study
  • a series of frequently asked questions

Adopting a whole school approach to food

The School Food Plan has developed guidance to help school leaders adopt a whole school approach to food and create a culture and ethos of healthy eating.

The What Works Well Recipe Hub

PHE has worked with the School Food Plan to produce the What Works Well Recipe Hub. This resource shows over 100 recipes across the school day that meet the school food standards whilst also meeting the required nutrition criteria of the GBSF.


Published 11 November 2013
Last updated 19 November 2015 + show all updates
  1. Added 'Food teaching: a framework of knowledge and skills' for primary and secondary schools to collection.
  2. First published.