Wiltshire - Meal rules hiccup worries heads

31st July 2009 at 01:00

Wiltshire teachers are pleading for government cash to improve their "inadequate" school kitchens and dining facilities.

Councillors will also tell the School Food Trust they are concerned that new nutritional standards are too demanding, especially for small rural primaries.

Local headteachers say the strict rules could affect their existing catering contracts.

A school food strategy task group set up in the wake of new government rules on nutritional standards and cookery lessons will examine the impact of the changes on the county.

It had previously recommended more funding and support for teachers and school staff.

Wiltshire was given Pounds 1.6 million by the Department for Children, Schools and Families to develop school kitchens, but the local council cannot find any extra cash.

A report by the school food task group for Wiltshire warned that, despite this investment, "a number of schools in the county will still lack adequate facilities to provide the standard of school meals required".

"The challenges still facing a number of schools include outdated equipment, poor flooring, gas and ventilation problems and asbestos," it said.

The report added that these challenges and risks could prove a disincentive to schools to continue providing a meals service.

However, further funding may come via the Building Schools for the Future scheme. KM.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now