School caterer Caterlink's charitable foundation has teamed up with the School Food Plan to launch a new online best practice platform for primary and secondary schools.
What Works Well is an online hub that aims to help schools share ideas and practical tips on how to create an effective and inspirational food culture, supported by the Caterlink Foundation.
The launch in May of www.schoolfoodplan.com/www, which is part of the wider School Food Plan goal to improve food in schools, will offer resources to schools and caterers alike and include case studies, top tips and advice.
Neil Fuller, managing director of Caterlink, WSH's division dedicated to independent education catering, said: "Whether a school has set up a school kitchen garden or farm to educate children about the importance of nutrition, worked with local community groups or encouraged parents to get involved in food service, we're encouraging them to tell us about their successful projects via the online platform to help others move forward and transform their approach to delivering school meals."
Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent, authors of the School Food Plan co-founders of high street fast-casual chain Leon, added: "The new website marks another milestone in the successful delivery of the School Food Plan. The ‘What Works Well' platform gives schools easy access to each other's ideas, helping them learn from each other's success stories: great examples and clever ideas.
"It has been made possible by the scores of schools, caterers, parents, and others who have contributed inspiring content, packed full of useful tips. We are grateful for this support and hope others will follow their lead in the spirit of sharing what works well."
The website will be regularly updated with new content and case studies and will also provide links to support available from organisations such as the Children's Food Trust, the Food for Life Partnership and the Lead Authority for Catering in Education (LACA).
The Times Educational Supplement and the Guardian Teacher Network also support the What Works Well initiative, allowing users to access their content and discussion forums.