The School Meals Report research project

Led by ParentPay Group Catering division

Now in its fourth year, the School Meals Report project shares significant insight into parents’ views of school meal provision in the UK. Over 200,000 parents take part in our research each year.

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Launched each year at the LACA Main Event in July.

About the project:

The aim of this research is to understand the parental view of the school meal service and offering available to their children. Building on the success of the 2021, 2022, and 2023 surveys, ParentPay Group (led by Cypad and BlueRunner) and LACA have again completed a groundbreaking study with parents on school meal provision in the UK.

Transform Your School Meals with ParentPay Group’s School Meals Report

The survey continues to gather a great response from parents – with approximately 210,000 respondents from across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland completing the 2024 survey in April.

School Meals Report Partners

Once again this year, we have worked on the report with LACA and Assist FM. As an organisation in its 31st year, LACA has long been recognised as an association representing and supporting school catering organisations and teams across the country, with 80% of school catering services being delivered by its members. Assist FM have also contributed to the report historically and gave their full support for the responses from parents across Scotland for 2023.

Powerful Insights for Optimising Your School’s Meals Service

This study helps us to understand what caterers and school leadership teams need to do to ensure their customers and families are happy with the service provided. Comparing the results to previous surveys and other pieces of research will provide an ongoing understanding of the needs of parents/guardians, school leadership and catering teams.

Register your interest in the 2024 School Meals Reports to receive them direct to your inbox:

2021 National School Meals Report

In its first year of running the research project, 140,000 parents across the UK responded to the survey. In 2021, the report covered the national results only.

2022 National School Meals Report

The second year of the project saw the research reach over 306,000 parents across the UK. For this year, the research was split into a national report, as well as regional reports covering England, Scotland and Wales respectively.

2022 England School Meals Report

2022 Welsh School Meals Report

2022 Scottish School Meals Report