March 2010 Archives

Heathcotes Outside team up with Warrington Wolves

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Ian-Hill.jpgChefs from events caterer Heathcotes Outside have put a group of Warrington families through their paces at the home of Rugby Super League club Warrington Wolves.

The chefs served up tips on creating tasty and healthy meals from scratch using fresh ingredients as part of a National Lottery and Warrington Council-funded healthy eating campaign.

Ian Hill head chef at Heathcotes at Warrington said: "Our aim is to demonstrate that healthy food is enjoyable to prepare, fun to cook and delicious to eat.

Free school dinners could be extended to an extra 600,000 pupils

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School-canteen-Rex.jpgAn additional 600,000 children could be eligible for free school meals, according to plans announced by the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

From September, primary school children from low-income families, who are receiving Working Tax Credit, will have access to free school meals as part of a Government proposal published for consultation yesterday.

The plans follow the passing of the Child Poverty Act which enshrines the Government's commitment to "eradicate" child poverty in law. The Government estimates that 50,000 children could be helped out of poverty by extending the eligibility.

Jamie Oliver launches a teacher-friendly school cookery course

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cooking-class-Monkey-Busine.jpgJamie Oliver has teamed up with the UK's largest education body Edexcel to a create teacher-friendly cookery course for secondary schools.


The Home Cooking Skills course, which will be available for all UK secondary schools and further education colleges later this year, represents his first move back into education since his Jamie's School Dinners campaign and television series in 2005.


The idea formed out of a conversation between Oliver and Marjorie Scardino, chief executive of Edexcel's parent company Pearson.


Pepsi bans sugary drinks in schools by 2012

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Diet-Pepsi-qnr-flickr.jpgPepsiCo has announced that it will stop selling full-sugar soft drinks to all primary and secondary schools by 2012.

The global policy came after the World Heart Federation spent the last year negotiating with soft drink makers to have them remove sugary beverages from schools in an effort to combat a rise in childhood obesity, which can lead to diabetes, heart problems and other ailments.

Padstow schoolkids treated to hands on demo by local bistro

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HEW-Padstow.jpgAdrian Oliver of Margot's Bistro Padstow gave kids at Padstow School, in Padstow, Cornwall a hands-on cooking experience during Healthy Eating Week.

Oliver, also known as @Basilchef on Twitter, taught pupils from all six years aged five-years old upwards were how to make bread and cook fish. They also learned about food miles and fruit.

For more photos of the great week, visit the Healthy Eating Week at Padstow School gallery at Table Talk.

Support floods in for School Meals Matter as signatures hit 700

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SMM-lines.jpgSignatures have tipped the 700 mark today as support for School Meals Matter gathers pace, so a big thank you to everyone who has signed so far.

Well done to those who have made photocopies and posted in bundles of signed forms.

A very enterprising bunch at an Eden Foodservice site in Llangefni, Wales did particularly well - they sent in 50 forms today!

If you haven't already, please sign the form now so we can reach our first milestone of 1,000 signatures.

And if you have, why not tell your friends and colleagues about the importance of school meals.

Sign below, or alternatively you can download the form to post. Can you beat Eden's record of 50 forms?

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