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Find out what to include in your school food policy if you have one, and understand your requirements around the national food standards and allergen labelling. See examples of other schools' food policies.

Understand your requirements

There's no statutory requirement for your school to have a school food policy. 

If you do decide to create a school food policy, you'll need to make sure that it reflects and complies with the regulations below.

Follow the school food standards

The national school food standards set out your duty to provide nutritious food for pupils, and encourage healthy eating. 

The Requirements for School Food Regulations 2014 introduced these standards for school food into law, and specify which types of food and drinks should be served at school and how often. 

The DfE has created a package of resources, including a practical guide to the food standards, to help you plan and provide healthy food.

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