Magazine Archive

Welcome back! Some of you will have been back for some time, like those in Scotland, but others will only just be getting back into the swing of things and getting up to speed with your new pupils and their needs. It has been a busy summer, with news of the Children’s Food Trust closing, Public Health England announcing it will look into calories of popular children’s foods, and of course, all of the holiday feeding clubs that have been going on across the UK. I’ve really enjoyed following news of these various programmes on Twitter and hope that our industry – along with all those who support holiday feeding clubs, of which there are many organisations and individuals – helped to prevent children from going hungry. Now that they are back at school, the problem can, in some way, be improved. Although on reading the Child Poverty Action Group’s latest report, it’s going to be an upward climb as yet more families struggle to stay above the breadline. In August some of us met at the Royal Garden Hotel in London to judge the entries for this year’s EDUcatering Excellence Awards. It was a great event and we had some really passionate and lively debate. You can see our nominees on page 22 and I look forward to celebrating the year’s achievements in school food on 10th October at the Awards. You can book your ticket at; I’d love to see you there. You can also follow events on Twitter by using the hashtag #EDUAwards. Elsewhere this month, we have had a sit down with Tim Blowers, the new chair of LACA (page 16), and we have visited a really inspiring school, Westlands in Sittingbourne, Kent, which takes the term ‘farm to fork’ quite literally with its own on-site smallholding (page 20). We also have a round-up of the 2017 ASSIST Conference, held in Glasgow last month, which was really well attended and had a great line-up of speakers. Scotland’s school catering service is doing some really great work, particularly around obesity, so turn to page 56 to find out more. I wish you all the best for 2017/18. I think this is going to be another busy year for school meals.

  • Welfare state

    Welfare state

    This school has taken teaching pupils about provenance of food to a whole new level by allowing them to experience field to fork eating first hand on its farm, writes Sarah Welsh.

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  • Inch by inch

    Inch by inch

    The 2017 ASSIST FM Conference hosted its largest exhibition and a stellar line-up of speakers when colleagues met up in Glasgow.

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  • The Big Interview: Mission critical

    The Big Interview: Mission critical

    LACA’s new chairman is leaving nothing to chance as he intensifies the organisation’s campaign to reinforce the importance of UIFSM, writes Jane Renton.

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