I see that poor quality food parcels are back in the news

Once again we’re seeing cantering firms profiteering on the back of FSM claimants

There is NO excuse for this behaviour

I was among those who highlighted the very same occurrence back in March

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Firstly it’s worth noting that not all caterers are exploiting the situation

Many, especially the smaller catering forms or in house school catering services are doing a fantastic job

But we are seeing some really disturbing offerings, done on the cheap with v poor content
Given my long standing interest in school meals, a couple of things really stand out

First is that the catering industry lobby group @LACA_UK put out guidance on the expected content

laca.co.uk/laca-view/free…
The school catering industry v much want to steer schools away from vouchers, they spent considerable time and effort meeting and lobbying @vickyford and @educationgovuk on this

Anyone looking at last Friday DfE guidance might conclude the lobbyists were quite successful
The problem is that many of the big backers of @LACA_UK are the self same big multinational caterers who are putting out the worst examples

It’s been reported that the widely shared @RoadsideMum meal was from Chartwells
This would be the same Chartwells who employ @SforsterLaca

Who is A Business Development Director at Chartwells as well as National Chair of Laca

The same caterers who received so much criticism in the first lockdown
Last time they blamed local chefs and managers, excuses we should expect to see again

They don’t ever list their costs, or explain how they have the gall to charge £15
Instead they try to greenwash themselves

I’m sure @MarcusRashford will be hugely disappointed to hear that @Chartwells_UK are one of the companies on his Child Food Poverty Taskforce
As someone who is really supportive of good school catering, I’m disgusted that people make a conscious decision to give these parcels to the most vulnerable families

Management understand what’s possible in the budget and shouldn’t shirk responsibility
Schools need to be proactive on this, like thebschool local to me who sent the following after rejecting their food parcels
Schools should take @educationgovuk guidance with a pinch of salt

Unless the caterers are providing exceptional quality parcels, everyone should give serious consideration to giving parents vouchers
Just to highlight the fact that it can be done

That school caterers can put out a really helpful pack

👇🏻

From the wonderful @samward60443746
It’s literally chalk and cheese from some of the terrible stuff we’re seeing from some suppliers

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More from @ajjolley

2 Dec 20
Anyone remember Gavin Williamson talking about assessed grades at A level, when he claimed “Some schools... have literally put every child in as either an A, an A* or a B”

Well I did an FOI to OFQUAL
Obviously they won't name the schools involved, but we now know that there were 119 centres entering CAGs of only grade B or above

93 of these has 5 or fewer entries
12 6-10 entries
and only 14 had more than 10 entries
Only 9 of these schools were Comprehensive
1 Sixth form and 7 FE colleges
18 City academies
35 Independent schools
42 "other" including private candidates
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25 Sep 20
Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence

Failures in @educationgovuk oversight allowed people like Mike Dwan & Raja Miah to use schools as cash cows.

They simply avoided keeping any records of their dubious activities & now appear to be getting away with it

@SchoolsWeek
It’s clear that there wasn’t the political will to question the actions of a very well connected school leader like Mike Dwan

The @educationgovuk ignored the warning signs IMO because he was fully on board with the free school/academisation project so close to ministers hearts
Dwan is central to a group of “educationalists”with extensive links to numerous failed free school projects in the North West

From Bolton Wanders free school, to Manchester Creative to Bright Tribe, a small cabal, milked the system whilst being awarded honours by their friends
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4 Sep 20
Short cautionary tale for those who have or who desire some #JolleyHotSauce

A very good friend of mine, let’s call him “Steve” absolutely loves chilli, especially homemade hot sauce Image
I made a special batch of XXXtra hot sauce especially for him, a full 750ml bottles worth

Put it in an fancy gin bottle with a cork top & it went down a treat with the whole family
Only Steve didn’t keep it in the fridge

And during the hotter part of the summer, he realised it had started to ferment again (I’d fermented the chillis prior to cooking up the sauce)

This wasn’t really a problem & I suggested he occasionally burped off the excess gases
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29 Jul 20
Great report by @HenryDimbleby

Good to see the first recommendation is to expand Free School meal eligibility. This would make a huge difference to many struggling families

nationalfoodstrategy.org/wp-content/upl…
It’s great to see the issue of the 5 week wait for Universal Credit being so well covered in the report, but I worry it doesn’t mention that children miss out on FSM during that 5 week wait

We should be looking to start feeding children at the point a parent puts a UC claim in
One of the issues that needs to be addressed is around pupil premium

Currently every FSM pupil if eligible for at least 5 years of PP, currently £1200 pa (ish)

If you suddenly increase the number of FSM pupils by 1.5 million, that has a knock on cost of £10billion
Read 4 tweets
10 Jul 20
After watching the video 👇🏻& looking at some of the research, I’m increasingly convinced that foot door openers would be a positive move for schools
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2 Jul 20
Now we have the detailed guidance for School openings in September, I can’t help notice it’s a bit lite on the catering and FSM aspects other than the expectation everything will be back to normal

Which is an issue because it won’t Image
Menus may well have to change as food temperatures need maintaining throughout the sitting, self service is no longer an option so we will say goodbye salad bars and pick and go
On the positive side the lunchtime bubble is already used in schools

We know about cleaning down between each sitting, washing the benches, tables & chairs, clean cutlery & glasses & a general refresh

We know it takes time, so the whole lunchtime will need extending to fit
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