DfE announce a further £10m UIFSM funding!

The Department for Education has announced a further £10m UIFSM capital funding in 2015-16 to ensure that all schools can provide hot, healthy and appetising meals to their infant pupils.

27 Mar 2015

The new golden age: universal infant free school meals and compulsory cooking in the curriculum begin

The new golden age: universal infant free school meals and compulsory cooking in the curriculum begin

A huge thank you to everyone, in particular schools, cooks, and caterers, who have worked so hard over the past few months to make...

5 Sep 2014

Lighter London flagship food boroughs launch

Croydon and Lambeth have emerged from a competitive selection process as London's Flagship Food Boroughs, an action in the School Food Plan.

18 Jul 2014

DfE publishes pupil premium registration guidance

The Minister has also written directly to headteachers, the school meals team, and Directors of Children's Services in each local authority to let them know these tools are available to them, and to thank them for their hard work...

24 Jun 2014

New school food standards launched

Welcomed by the Save Our Standards Campaign, and by Jamie Oliver, the new standards are designed to make it easier for school cooks to create imaginative, flexible and nutritious menus.

16 Jun 2014

Coalition confirms cross-party support for Universal Infant Free School Meals

Michael Gove and David Laws today published a joint Op-Ed in the Times, stating: 'We are not at war over free school lunches.'

15 May 2014

Infant free school meals enshrined in Children and Families Act 2014

The new Children and Families Act has now been given royal assent. The act includes a requirement for all state-funded schools – including academies – to provide free school lunches on request for all pupils in reception, year 1...

13 Mar 2014

DfE awards contracts for school meals and breakfast clubs

As part of the School Food Plan, the Department for Education committed to providing seed funding to increase take-up of school meals and set up breakfast clubs. The Department for Education has now awarded contracts the following contracts: Lot...

6 Mar 2014

Universal infant free school meals implementation support launches

Implementation support service from the Children's Food Trust now available | call: 0800 680 0080 | email: | FREE regional support roadshows:

6 Mar 2014

Letter from Minister to Local Authorities – Universal free school meals for infants

The Minister of State for Schools, David Laws, has written to all directors of children’s services about universal free school meals for infants. The letter also includes an annex listing capital allocations for universal infant free school meals for each...

24 Jan 2014