The Press Association (via the Mail) is reporting calls for a loophole which exempts some academies from signing up to strict school food standards to be closed.
Around a million youngsters are currently attending schools in England that have yet to sign up to tough rules that were introduced in January last year, according to the Local Government Association (LGA).
The new standards, putting restrictions on sugary, fried and fatty foods to help ensure pupils eat a healthy diet, apply to all council-run schools as well as many academies and free schools.
But they are not mandatory for academies that opened between 2010 and 2014, although they have been asked by the Government to sign up.
The LGA said it had calculated that 2,476 schools in total have not formally committed to the standards.
As well as being able to offer fried foods and sugary drinks, it also means these schools are not required to ensure that children are offered at least one portion of vegetables or salad each day as part of their lunch, the association argued.
It added that it is essential that the Government uses a new childhood obesity strategy – due to be launched this summer – to close the loophole and force academies to commit to the food standards used by other state schools…
LGA Community Wellbeing spokeswoman Izzi Seccombe, said: “It is deeply worrying that hundreds of academies and free schools are yet to commit to providing healthy school meals to children, more than a year since they were first asked to sign up to new school food standards by Government…”
Is this a sensible suggestion here from the LGA to force those schools currently exempt from the standards to be included?
Any reasons why they shouldn’t? Please let us know in the comments or via Twitter…
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