Action 9 of the plan is centred on the monitoring of schools in relation to the promotion of a healthy lifestyle and the time and space given to lunch.
Under Ofsted’s Common Inspection Framework, which came into force in September 2015, inspectors assess how “children and learners keep themselves healthy, including through healthy eating”. Inspectors will look at “the food on offer and visit the canteen to see the atmosphere and culture in the dining space and the effect this has on pupils’ behaviour.” Inspectors will also look at the “breadth and balance of the curriculum, of which practical cookery is now a part.”
The School Food Plan has produced practical guidance to help school leaders and governing bodies adopt a whole school approach to food and create a culture and ethos of healthy eating. Find out more here.