Amanda Spielman Ofsted childhood obesity
19/07/2018 09:07
LACA has issued a statement welcoming the recognition of the economic benefits to schools of high take-up of school meals in a report just released by Ofsted on obesity, healthy eating and physical activity in primary schools.

It reads: “We are pleased that Ofsted confirms what previous academic research has found – namely that the best school leaders are going above and beyond to implement the school food standards.

“As this report outlines, UIFSM (universal infant free school meals) in particular saves...

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LACA Main Event 2018 Michael Hales
18/07/2018 09:07
LACA Chair-Elect Michael Hales told the Main Event that the association was celebrating its 30th anniversary during his term of office and he was working with members on a new vision for it that he planned to launch at the Autumn Seminar.

"We’ve already achieved a lot and I'll be seeking to build on this legacy.

"We need to continue to change. We have a range of different members with a range of different needs.

"But we know already from surveys that 98.5% of you feel we continue to represent you in a positive way...

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16/07/2018 18:07
LACA Chair Tim Blowers will address an international conference on sustainable procurement in Vaxjo, Sweden on September 6th, 2018.

On one of his last trips as the chair of LACA, Tim will join colleagues from Sweden, Germany, Finland, Denmark and the UK to discuss reserach and practice in regards to sustainable food procurement in the public sector.  Tims presentation will cover the practical work done in UK public sector...

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16/07/2018 15:07
The nomination deadline for the Educatering awards is this Friday, 20th of July so act quick if you want to be amongst the nominees or have someone or a team in your organisation that you think deserves recognition.

The awards will be held on Tuesday 9th October 2018 at the Royal Garden Hotel and will feature awards in the following categories:

  • Contract Caterer of the Year
  • Independent School Caterer of the Year
  • Innovation Award
  • Local Authority of the Year
  • ...
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16/07/2018 07:07
McDougalls’ Young Baking Team of the Year competition came to exciting end at LACA: The Main Event this week (12 July), with St Martin and St Mary C of E Primary School outshining the four other finalist teams for the winning title.

Cooking in front of a live audience, St Martin and St Mary C of E Primary School pupils: Finely Park (aged 8), Harry Vinall (9) and Alice Evans (10), supported their school caterer Nicola Hastie.

‘Wowing’ judges with their raspberry and white chocolate scones, the four-man team showed ‘...

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13/07/2018 08:07
The winners of the school meals industry Awards for Excellence were announced last night when the Lead Association for Catering in Education (LACA) held its Gala Awards Dinner during it's major conference and exhibition known as The Main Event.

The big winner on the night at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole was Havering Education Service (HES), which won the Education Catering Marketing Award and the Primary School Catering Team of the Year, as well as being a top three nominee in the Catering Business of the Year category, which was...

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12/07/2018 09:07
Entry is now open for the Lead Association for Catering in Education’s (LACA) annual School Chef of the Year competition (SCOTY) - be sure to register your interest before 29 September.

Launched at LACA Main Event this week (11-13 July), the competition has a brand new sponsor for 2019, McDougalls, which has allowed organisers to review the entry and judging criteria to further align it with current food standards and general consumer eating trends. 

As such, a brand new...

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LACA Main Event 2018
11/07/2018 10:07
LACA’s annual showpiece the Main Event – now expanded to three days – started today at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole with a full programme of events, including interactive workshops and conference sessions.

More than 2,000 people are expected to be involved over the course of the three days, including delegates, day visitors and suppliers.

For the first time this year, Wednesday is featuring a full programme of events, including interactive workshops and conference sessions. In addition, the...

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Doncaster Schools Catering Soil Association Our Lady of Sorrows
06/07/2018 10:07
Following its recent annual inspection by the Soil Association, Doncaster Schools Catering has achieved the Silver Food for Life Served Here accreditation for its 95 primary and special schools for the third year running.

The school visit took place at Our Lady of Sorrows Academy in Armthorpe. Caron Longdon, Soil Association’s Food For Life Served Here manager for the north of England, presented the certificate and talked to the pupils about the award.

Doncaster Schools Catering manager Janet Sylvester,...

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LACA Main Event navigating maze change
04/07/2018 10:07
A week to go before LACA’s showpiece Main Event kicks off on July 11th, and the expression ‘kick off’ is on the minds of organisers.

The Wednesday ‘ice breaker’ evening social event on the first day is themed Ska-Two Tone, with music, food and costumes to match.

However, conscious that this coincides with a World Cup semi-final that could feature England, screens have been arranged to show the game in full and the...

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