Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum

Policy priorities for food in schools and early years settings: standards, education and funding

Tuesday, 27th June 2017

Central London


In light of wider moves to reduce childhood obesity levels, this seminar will assess next steps for delivering healthy school and early years food environments in England.

This seminar takes place with a new Ofsted-monitored voluntary healthy rating scheme for primary schools being introduced from September 2017 - as set out in the Government's obesity plan - which will assess how well schools promote and support pupils' knowledge of healthy eating.

It also follows the Government’s commitment of £415 million funding from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy to support healthy lifestyle activities in schools from 2018.

Sessions will assess the most effective ways in which education, industry and government initiatives can promote healthy eating and increase food standards in schools and early years settings, particularly focusing on possible measures to ensure academies and free schools also demonstrate a clear commitment to compliance, reducing the availability of HFSS food products in close proximity to school settings, as well as tackling food inequalities and the potential expansion of breakfast and holiday clubs.

Guest of Honour

Linda Cregan

Chief Executive Officer, Children’s Food Trust and Co-Chair, School Food Plan Alliance

Guest of Honour

Linda Cregan

Chief Executive Officer, Children’s Food Trust and Co-Chair, School Food Plan Alliance

Keynote Speaker

Rachel Manners

NCMP Programme Manager, Public Health England


Lord Storey

Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson, Education

Sharon Hodgson MP

Shadow Minister, Public Health and Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on School Food


Elizabeth Carruthers

Executive Head of Centre, Redcliffe Nursery School, Bristol

Stephanie Wood

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, School Food Matters

Amena Warner

Head of Clinical Services, Allergy UK

Sara Jayne Stanes

Chief Executive, The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and Chief Executive, Adopt a School Trust

Callum Kidd

Headteacher, Carr Hill Primary School, Tyne and Wear

Tracy Lynch

Foundation Manager, Greggs Foundation

Jason O'Rourke

Headteacher, Washingborough Academy, Lincolnshire

John Figgins

County Catering Service Manager, West Sussex County Council

Carmel McConnell

Chief Executive and Founder, Magic Breakfast

Emma Williams

Executive Director, PTA UK