Standards for school food in England

This publication was withdrawn on 8 January 2015

This advice has been replaced by the ‘Standards for school food in England’.

Departmental advice on the standards for planning and providing food in schools.



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 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.