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The latest network queries circulated for this service are listed below.

If you would like more information about any of these queries or want to submit a response, please email Vickie Hacking.

Network queries from previous years are available on the links at the bottom of the page.

 


CAT0209 - Secondary School Pupils - 25.07.17

This local authority would be grateful if other local authorities could
provide information on the following Question regarding Secondary
School Pupils:

  1. Do you have a policy of keeping Secondary school pupils on site during lunch time. If so can you provide a copy of the policy or any further relevant information?

 

CAT0208 - School Food - 21.07.17

This local authority would be grateful if other local authorities could
provide information on the following Question regarding School
Food :-

  1. Do you operate a cook then freeze method for school meals?
  2. Particularly within any central production units.
  3. What methods are used for thawing food?
  4. Any further information on this subject would be greatly appreciated

 

CAT0207 - Secondary School Lunch Time Loyalty Schemes - 21.07.17

A Member Authority is seeking information in relation to Secondary
School Lunch Time Loyalty Schemes. In particular the Member
Authority would like details on the following:-

  • Does your LA catering service offer any form of lunch time loyalty scheme for pupils?
  • If yes, what format does the scheme take on?
  • Has your loyalty scheme encountered any issues or concerns and if so what?

 

CAT0206 - Food Safety - 18.07.17

This local authority would be grateful if other local authorities could
provide information on the following Food Safety Questions:-

  • Have you received any enquiries regarding the size of grapes being served in primary schools?
  • Do you serve grapes to primary school children?
  • If not, why not?
  • If you serve grapes, what procedures/information do you give to your catering staff in the preparation of grapes?
  • Have you carried out a Risk Assessment on Grape Safety?

 

 

CAT0205 - School Catering - Chicken produce - 27.06.17

This local authority would be grateful if other member authorities
could provide information in relation to the following chicken
produce questions:-

  1. Do you use raw or cooked chicken for school meals?
  2. If you use cooked frozen chicken, is it from Thailand or is it British?
  3. Do you have any plans to change your current chicken product?

 

CAT0204 - Meal portions for P1-3 and P4-7 - 19.06.17

A member authority would like to ask others:

  1. Do you serve the same sized meal portions to P1-3’s and P4-7’s?
  2. If not, is there a different meal price for each group?

 

CAT0203 - Health and Nutrition job descriptions - 08.06.17

This APSE member authority is asking members if they would be
willing to share a job description, person spec and advert around a
Health and Nutrition Post re School Food or similar, and

  1. How many weeks per year is the post holder employed?
  2. What is the current rate of pay for this post?

 

CAT0202 - Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQ) / NVQ training for catering staff - 06.06.17

A Member Authority is seeking further information regarding training
for catering staff. The authority would like to know:-

  1. Does your Local Authority provide SVQ, NVQ (or similar) training for catering staff?
  2. If so, which qualification(s) do catering staff work towards?
  3. Is the training provided by an external agency, local college, or is it delivered in-house by the Catering Service; or in-house by the Learning & Development team?
  4. If in-house, is the assessment and verification levels done by existing staff? Is this part of their existing role, or is it a specialist role?
  5. Do you ask Catering Managers to be Assessors or Verifiers, and if so do you pay them extra for this?
  6. Do you provide SVQ/NVQ training to Modern Apprentices in catering, and is this offered in the same way? Which qualification do they achieve?
  7. Do you have any other information in relation to SVQs for Catering Staff that you could share?

 

CAT0201 - Kitchen audits - 15.05.17

1. Who in your local authority carries out kitchen audits?
2. What is the frequency of the audits for:-
      a. Production Kitchens
      b. Dining Centres or equivalent
3. What is the average duration of:-
      a. Secondary school kitchen audits

 

CAT0199 - Cleaning of kitchen grease filters - 07.04.17

This APSE member is considering undertaking the cleaning of
kitchen grease filters, not ducting, in-house and would ask if any
member Authority that already carries out this work, would consider
sharing information on work methods, risk assessment and cleaning
products used ?

 

CAT0198 - Review of Catering Services as part of commissioning review process - 20.03.17

A member Authority is analysing its Catering Services as part of a
commissioning review process, and would welcome responses from
Authorities which have recently implemented changes to catering by
way of service re-design, incremental changes, alternative delivery
models or commercial opportunities.

 

CAT0197 - School Meals Survey to Pupils, Parents and Staff - 20.03.17

Have any local authorities recently issued a school meal survey to
pupils, parents and staff? If so how was this done, and by which
research company (if applicable). We would also greatly appreciate
it surveys could be shared within the responses.

 

CAT0196 - Meals on Wheels – use of volunteers alongside staff/employees - 15.02.17

A member authority is enquiring whether any Meals on Wheels
services use volunteers to provide the service alongside their
staff/employees?

  • If anyone does utilise volunteers and how has using volunteers come about?
  • How are the volunteers utilised, e.g. in the kitchen, for deliveries or both?
  • Are there been any limitations?
  • What issues have been encountered?
  • Are there any examples of best practice you can share?

 

CAT0195 - Withdrawal of contract caterers from schools -15.02.17

A member authority is querying if any authorities have experienced
a contractor giving notice of termination of a school catering
contract prior to the scheduled end date?

  • If so what was the reason cited for the early termination ?
  • And what did the authority do in response ?

 

CAT0194 - Breakfast Club Provision - 01.02.17

This local authority would like to know if other authorities provide a
breakfast service in Primary and Secondary schools?
If Yes:-

  1. What type of items are on offer?
  2. Are they individually priced or set priced?
  3. Are they subsidised?
  4. Are they staffed by the Catering team or Education staff?
  5. If Education then who pays for the labour costs?

If no:-

  1. What other services are available to pupils?

 

 

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