How is the Welsh Government monitoring compliance with the Healthy Eating in Schools (Nutritional Standards and Requirements) (Wales) Regulations 2013?
It is the responsibility of local authorities and governing bodies of maintained schools to satisfy themselves that they are complying with their duties under the Healthy Eating in Schools Regulations. However, during inspections Estyn will monitor compliance with the Healthy Eating in Schools (Nutritional Standards and Requirements) (Wales) Regulations 2013. As part of Estyn inspections they review the annual governor’s report to parents (to make sure it explains what action the school is undertaking to promote healthy eating and drinking), speak to children (about how the school promotes healthy eating and drinking) and note obvious breaches (e.g. vending machine with crisps and chocolate).
In addition the Welsh Local Government Association provides support to schools in ensuring their school meals meet the standards set out in these regulations. This support includes help with producing menus which comply with the food and nutritional standards within the healthy eating in schools regulations, and issuing compliance certificates to schools that provide the required evidence. Statutory guidance to assist local authorities and governing bodies to comply with their duties is available on Learning Wales.