School meals – tell us your story

UNISON survey launched to find out what school meals staff have to say

two school meals workers with tray of cakes

Do you work in a school kitchen? Then UNISON wants to hear from you.

Following on from national school meals week, which ends today, and in the run-up to next Friday’s Stars in Our Schools Day, the union has put together an online survey to get the views of the people who matter when it comes to school meals – the staff.

Please take part and let us know:

  • what it’s like in your workplace?
  • are you valued at work?
  • what are the problems?
  • what goes well?

Take the survey now

“School meals staff play a vital role in ensuring that pupils are well nourished at school, serving them healthy school meals,” says UNISON national officer Ruth Levin.

“We want to make sure that school meals staff are invested in, especially when it comes to training and career development. They should be acknowledged as an important part of the whole school team.”

UNISON knows that school meals staff are vital to a happy and healthy school, which is why the union celebrates the work of all school support staff with the ‘Stars in Our Schools’ day on Friday 24 November.

“We call on all schools to recognise the work of school support staff who contribute so much to creating a happy, healthy and successful school environment – often behind the scenes,” says Ms Levin.

UNISON is a partner of the Schools Food Plan Alliance, which created the national food standards for all school meals in England. It also contributes to the school catering workforce development group, which published professional standards for those working in school kitchens.