Healthy eating in schools: supplementary guidance

Additional guidance on diet and nutrition for children and young people with additional support needs.


Annex A

Table 1: Food Standards that apply to food that is provided outwith the school lunch

1. Fruit and vegetables

A variety of fruit and/or vegetables must be available in all school food outlets.

2. Savoury snacks*

Only pre-packaged savoury snacks with:

  • pack size of no more than 25g
  • no more than 22g of fat per 100g
  • no more than 2g of saturates per 100g
  • no more than 0.6g of sodium per 100g
  • no more than 3g of total sugar per 100g are permitted.

3. Table salt and other


Additional salt must not be provided in schools.

Condiments (if available) must be dispensed in no more than 10ml portions.

4. Confectionery*

No confectionery can be provided.

5. Fried foods*

Fried foods cannot be provided

* Refer to the table on page 56 of the Healthy Eating in Schools guidance for further clarification on foods included in these categories.

Table 2: Drink standards for schools

The only drinks permitted in schools are:

  • Plain water (still or carbonated)
  • Skimmed, semi-skimmed milk and other lower fat milks
  • Milk drinks and drinking yoghurts*
  • Soya, rice or oat drinks enriched with calcium*
  • Tea and coffee*
  • Fruit juices and vegetable juices*
  • A blend containing any of the following ingredients, either singly or in combination*:
    • fruit
    • vegetable
    • fruit juice
    • vegetable juice
  • Water and fruit and/or vegetable juice combination drinks*

* Refer to the tables on page 41-45 of the Healthy Eating in Schools guidance for details on specific criteria for these drinks.

Examples of drinks that are no longer permitted:

No soft drinks - (still or carbonated) including flavoured waters (the only exception is the combination drinks that meet the criteria set out in the table on page 43).

No sugar-free soft drinks (still or carbonated) including flavoured waters

No sweetened fruit juice

No sweetened or salted vegetable juice

No squashes/cordials - including lower sugar and 'no added sugar' versions

No whole milk

No sport drinks

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