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The new dinner lady

Nicole Pisani: I wish to start this blog by saying that I believe the perception of ‘dinner lady’ needs to change if we are really to embrace change in our schools. I believe that what we feed our children is important, and this makes us chefs, with just as much credibility as chefs you will find in restaurants, hospitals and hotels around the world.

28 April 2015 | 1 Comments | Recommended by 2

Inspirational Woman of the Year Award

Jeanette Orrey MBE: It all began back in September when I found out I’d been nominated for the Daily Mail Inspirational Woman of the Year award - and completely forgot about it until I received a phone call to tell me I was one of the five ladies shortlisted! A flurry of activity followed - visits to my old school, all day photo sessions (complete with a professional make-up artist which was quite an experience!), interviews with the press, and of course, buying the posh frocks for the big day.

17 December 2013 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 1

What are we feeding our children?

Joanna Lewis: The Government’s new School Food Plan highlighted that nearly 20% of children are now obese by the time they leave primary school, but is improving children’s diets just a job for schools? Restaurants are often quick to say it’s not their responsibility: they’re in the business of serving up the occasional treat and giving parents and children what they want on those occasions.

24 July 2013 | 13 Comments | Recommended by 7

No need for banning packed lunches if we all back this plan

Joanna Lewis: This morning I took in the headlines from the new School Food Plan both as ‘Head of Policy for the Soil Association-led Food for Life Partnership’ and as a Mum who knows how hard it is to get my children to eat well. Soon I was surrounded by other Mums with school-age children, some saying how great their school meals were, some saying they wished their child’s school was like the ones on the news with their food growing gardens, but all saying they didn’t like the sound of banning packed lunches.

13 July 2013 | 9 Comments | Recommended by 3

Catering for schools in Plymouth

Brad Pearce: At the Education Catering Service in Plymouth, we provide our high quality, locally sourced, fresh and seasonal school food to the majority of primary and special schools across Plymouth, as well as individual contracts with newly converted primary and secondary academies. In 2005, when I came into post, the team immediately started work on reviewing all our school kitchens: were they fit for purpose? And - even more importantly - was the food we were sourcing and putting on our menus fit for purpose?

19 February 2013 | 8 Comments | Recommended by 5

Spreading the love in the new (school) year

Kathie Auton: September is here and we might feel justified this year in finally giving up on the summer and embracing the new (school) year. Unlike the chilly, dark and bleak new year in January, the September new year is a more fruitful affair. Both in the sense of a new beginning for children starting school or moving up a year and in the sense that the new season's Bramleys are here, Victoria plums are putting in an appearance and, whilst the Discoveries may be all but over, we have months of apply joy to look forward to. So for me, we should light the fireworks and make the resolutions in September not January, but perhaps that’s just the teacher in me.

07 September 2012 | 1 Comments | Recommended by 5

It can be done

Tim Young: Just got out of the Food for Life Partnership workshop at the conference. I can listen all day to the impact the programme has had in schools, and I was particularly taken with both Doug Bone, the head of Wandle Valley school in Sutton, and Stephanie Wood from School Food Matters.

02 March 2012 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 8

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