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How much does a school meal cost?

Nursery £2.50

Primary £2.60

Post-Primary £2.80

Special School £2.60

- Prices revised as from 1st September 2017

Do you only provide a meal at lunch time?

No, food is provided throughout the day including breakfast, mid-morning break and function catering as requested. 

What are your procedures for purchasing food?

All 5 Education Authority Offices collectively purchase goods from reputable suppliers with each office taking responsibility for a specific contract. 

What is being done to encourage healthy eating in schools?

'Healthy Food for Healthy Outcomes - Food in Schools Policy', a joint Department of Education and Department of Health document, draws together a number of existing strategies that are being put in place to deliver improved nutrition for our school children. 

 The policy introduces a “whole school” approach to food in schools, so that children and young people receive a consistent message not only in what they are taught in the classroom about healthy eating, but also in the food that is available to them in the canteen, vending machines and tuckshops within their school.

All schools must:

  • Adopt a whole‑school approach to food and nutrition.
  • Comply fully with the Nutritional Standards for School Lunches and the Nutritional Standards for Other Food and Drinks in Schools.
  • Ensure that pupils have easy access at all times to free, fresh drinking water.
  • Provide for education in the curriculum in relation to nutrition and healthy eating from foundation stage until key stage 4 (i.e. during compulsory education).
  • Provide education in Home Economics to all pupils at key stage 3 (i.e. in post‑primary years 8 - 10) and opportunities to explore ways to develop a healthy diet and to develop practical skills in the safe, hygienic, healthy and creative use of food.
  • Have had their own whole-school food policy in place by 24 September 2014.
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The Education and Library Boards (ELBs) were dissolved on 31 March 2015. The Education Authority was established on 01 April 2015 and is now responsible for all of the operational functions previously carried out by the five ELBs in accordance with the Education Orders.

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