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Annual surveys

A survey of local authorities in England to collect data on take up of school lunches and to find out about factors affecting take up.

Ever since the Children’s Food Trust was created, we’ve been charting the progress of work to improve school meals. We developed the first robust, national reporting method to measure how many children are having a school lunch every day.

Below, you can download all of our annual surveys – they also look at how much school meals cost to serve up and what prices are being charged, how many children are having free school meals, the quality of kitchen facilities in schools and how staff feel about changing policies and conditions.

Our 2011-12 survey:
download statistical release
download full report

download further anaysis

What is it?: A survey of local authorities in England to collect data on take up of school lunches and to find out about factors affecting take up. The survey also gathers contextual information about school lunch provision.
Summary: Average take up in 2011-2012 was 46.3% in primary schools, an increase of 2.2 percentage points compared with 2010-2011. In secondary schools, take up was 39.8%, an increase of 2.2 percentage points compared with 2010-2011. Coverage of schools nationally was 61% in primary and 38% in secondary schools.
Sample and setting: Local authority in-house and contracted catering providers, private school catering contractors, school in-house catering providers. Survey conducted every April to cover previous financial year.
Contact Details: Jo Nicholas

Earlier reports: