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This advice will help recipients when planning and providing food in schools. It explains how legislation applies to food provided within schools in England. It outlines the role of local authorities and school governing bodies, and stipulates the legal requirements for food provided across the school day.
We use the term ‘must’ when the person in question is legally required to do something and ‘should’ when advice is being offered.
This departmental advice will be reviewed in September 2012.
This advice is for local authorities and governing bodies of all local authority-maintained primary, secondary, special schools and pupil referral units in England, who provide food to registered pupils.
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An Act to consolidate the Education Act 1944. Chapter 56 contains certain other enactments relating to education, with amendments to give effect to recommendations of the Law Commission.
The 1998 School Standards and Framework Act contains provisions for schools and nursery education. This covers further education for young people at school, and in FE institutions across the UK.