Small gain for children's food as Ofsted includes healthy eating in handbook

Publish Date: May 23, 2019 Posted By: Juliet Snow

Following responses to an Ofsted consultation completed by 15,000 respondents, including from Adopt a School, Ofsted has now introduced references to healthy eating in the Ofsted handbook that were not there before:

The new additions are:

  • "....personal development of pupils that our education system has agreed...are the most significant. These are ... developing pupils’ understanding of how to keep physically healthy, eat healthily and maintain an active lifestyle." (p.58, 214)
  • "The school provides high-quality pastoral support. Pupils know how to eat healthily, maintain an active lifestyle and keep physically and mentally healthy. " (p62, 224)


Although Adopt a School would have rather seen these references introduced into the Ofsted inspection framework, as well as more precise definitions of healthy eating, we welcome the new introductions into the Ofsted handbook and are pleased to see that there is increasing recognition of the important role schools play in teaching children how to eat well and be happy and healthy.