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Oliver slams Gove on academy meals

30 April 2012

A well known food campaigner has accused Michael Gove of lowering nutrition levels among pupils whilst allowing academies to profit through the sale of unhealthy snacks.

In an Observer interview Jamie Oliver has claimed that Gove is risking reversing the progress made over recent years in improving pupils' diets, as academies can ignore nutrient-based standards introduced in 2008.

Oliver said he was "totally mystified" as to why headteachers of maintained schools have to abide by the national standards whilst headteachers of academies can ignore them.

Gove has insisted that academies should not observe the national rules because their headteachers can be trusted to deliver the best for their pupils.

Whilst DfE policy is very firmly in favour of allowing academies to have the freedoms to run school as they see fit, Oliver’s reputation for garnering public support may increase pressure for there to continue to be a nationwide policy on this issue.

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