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Subway launches partnership with Sports for Schools
22/06/2017 08:06
Subway has announced its new two-year partnership with Sports for Schools to encourage children and families in the UK and Republic of Ireland (ROI) to get fit and active.

As the Official Sponsor of Sports for Schools, the Subway brand, which is the world’s largest submarine sandwich franchise, will help to enable primary schoolchildren to do more physical activity while assisting schools in raising money for PE equipment.

The Sports for Schools scheme has...

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Springboard Awards for Excellence 2017 call for entries
21/06/2017 07:06
The Springboard Charity has issued a call for entries for its Awards for Excellence 2017, which celebrates and rewards individuals, organisations and initiatives in the hospitality industry.

Categories include the best apprenticeship strategy award, best chef development strategy award and the education & industry partnership award. 

Entries are being sought for individuals and teams that deserve recognition for their excellent work, which need to be completed online for...

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School Food Matters celebrates tenth birthday at Westminster Abbey College Garden
19/06/2017 10:06
School Food Matters celebrated its tenth birthday last week with 500 children at Westminster Abbey’s College Garden.

The school food charity, which is based in south west London, invited 50 schools to join them along with celebrity chef Tom Aikens and gardener Chris Collins for a food themed celebration, which saw Aitkens judging the best picnic in Bake-Off style.

Founder and CEO of School Food Matters...

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One in five UK children living with food insecurity
15/06/2017 10:06
A new report from Unicef has revealed that one in five children in the UK is living with an adult who is food insecure, which puts UK levels among the highest of rich nations.

The Building the Future report defines food insecurity as a lack of secure access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that can ensure normal growth and development, as well as an active and healthy lifestyle.

Unicef finds that 19.5% of children below the age of 15 in the UK are living...

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Conservatives about to abandon school meals manifesto pledge
15/06/2017 09:06
The Conservative Party is about to abandon its manifesto pledge to scrap universal infant free school meals and replace it with a breakfast scheme, according to The Sun.

The Sun reports that government sources have said that the Prime Minister will drop the pledge because of a ‘major reality check’ after failing to win a majority in the General Election. 

A statement is expected in the Queen’s Speech on Wednesday, which will outline the new government's...

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AiP secures contracts with Essex and London schools
15/06/2017 08:06
School caterer Alliance in Partnership (AiP) has secured contracts with Wanstead High School in Essex, Ilford County High and Henry Fawcett Primary School in London.

The offering at Wanstead High School has been developed to include high street concepts and trends. The catering team has been trained by the AiP executive chef team to meet the School Food Plan and Silver Food for Life standards. This has resulted in a 20% increase in sales.


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Premier Foods reveals McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year 2017 finalists
13/06/2017 10:06
Premier Foods has announced the five schools that will contest for the title of McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year 2017 at the LACA Main Event on July 6th.

The theme for this year is local produce and teams are required to include an ingredient that has been sourced within a 30-mile radius of their school.

The competition helps school caterers to encourage a passionate team of up to three children, between the ages of 7 and 11, to develop an...

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LACA main event, big school bake off, stork, school caterers
13/06/2017 09:06
Nine school caterers have been announced as finalists for the national Big School Bake Off competition, which will take place at the LACA Main Event on Thursday, July 6th.

The finalists were picked after Judges from Unilever Food Solutions and The Children’s Food Trust reviewed paper entries. Recipes had to contain at least 50% fruit in line with School Food Standards in England.

Alex Hall, chief executive of Unilever Food Solutions, said: “Our aim for this...

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Research finds summer 'learning lag' link with holiday hunger
12/06/2017 16:06
Researchers at Northumbria University have found that attainment levels dropped to four and a half weeks behind where they were before the summer holidays among pupils aged six to eight years old because of a lack of access to holiday hunger schemes.

TES reports that Northumbria University surveyed 428 organisations that provide food during school holidays and carried out a separate pilot study to analyse the educational impact of three of these programmes.

The research found that the summer schemes, which also offer access to books...

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12/06/2017 09:06
Scotland Policy Conferences is to host a keynote seminar to discuss key issues for tackling obesity in Scotland.

The ‘policy priorities for tackling obesity in Scotland’ seminar on Wednesday, February 21st follows the publication of the Scottish Government’s new diet and obesity strategy and physical activity delivery plan.

Chaired by Kenneth Gibson MSP, co-convener of the Cross Party Group of...

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