Schools Catering 2015 13 Nov 2015
Schools Catering 2015

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The implementation of free meals for children in reception and year KS1 of state run schools has been a fundamental change to school meal provision, meaning that many primary schools have had to cater for much higher numbers. It also means that many parents no longer have the packed lunch option, and therefore many children are experiencing school lunches who would not have done so otherwise.

The objective of this report is to explore the catering within schools and academies in the UK. It will examine the opinions of parents and children, their preferences towards packed lunches or school meals, and the factors that influence decisions in this area. The report will also look at general attitudes towards food provided as well as parent opinions on the impact of government regulation, free meals for young children, and what can be done in the future to improve provision.

This report follows on from the YouGov Reports publication: Schools and Academies Catering 2014. The objective of this report is to examine and compare the catering of schools and academies in the UK. Data are compared with the previous surveys where relevant to identify any changes that have occurred.

The new survey questioned 2,064 parents with children aged 4-16 attending school/academy as well as 272 children aged 8-16 attending school/academy.
 
Report Info
Table of Contents
  • Table of Figures
  • Introduction & Scope
    • Report coverage
      • Abbreviations
  • Report Summary
    • Report overview
      • Hot meals preferred by parents
      • Lack of knowledge about school meal provision
      • Increasing levels of parental satisfaction with primary school meals
      • Happy children
      • The pricing issue
      • The success of the introduction of free school meals for infants
  • Background
    • Type of school attended
      • Age structure
      • Specific needs
    • Free meals
  • Lunchtime Meal Habits
    • Parents’ lunchtime preferences
    • Lunchtime choices
      • Buying lunch elsewhere
      • School lunches
      • The children’s view
      • Packed lunches
      • The children’s view
    • Other meals eaten at school
      • Primary schools
      • Secondary schools
      • Interest in non-lunchtime food
  • School Meal Provision
    • Meal preparation
      • Food preparation
    • Food served
    • Cost of school meals
  • Attitude towards School Meals
    • School meal discussions
    • Satisfaction with school meals among primary school parents
      • Value for money
      • How secondary school parents rate school meal services
      • Value for money
    • Spontaneous opinions
    • General opinions
    • Nutritional content of school meals
      • Healthy choices
      • Children’s opinion
      • Changes in standards
  • Driving Change
    • Type of food wanted
      • Willingness to pay for improved quality
      • Possible reasons for swapping to school lunches
      • The children’s view
  • Government Involvement in School Food
    • Enforcing standards
      • Free school meals for infant school pupils
      • Standard of free school meals
      • Future intentions
      • The Food for Life Scheme
      • Potential among those who are aware of the scheme
      • Potential among parents generally
  • Market Trends
  • Future Developments
  • Appendix – Questionnaire
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