Better meals in Camden

7th October 2005 at 01:00
After reading "Ready to roll" in Friday magazine, about Edith Neville school in Camden (TES, September 9) I am writing to update you on steps to improve school meals in the borough.

Since Wendy Wallace wrote her book about the school, Camden council has agreed to spend an extra pound;2 million over the next four years to improve meals at all the borough's schools. This includes substantially more spending on ingredients with less processed food, more home-cooked dishes, extra fruit and vegetables and fat, sugar and salt cut to below levels recommended by the Department for Education and Skills.

Higher nutritional standards - based on best practice from Scotland and stricter-than-DfES guidelines - will be part of the new meals contract to be awarded later this year. We are also building kitchens at all schools that rely on deliveries, so all pupils can eat hot, fresh food prepared on site.

Nick Smith

Camden council executive member for education

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