Jamie Oliver attacks Government's academy programme

Jamie Oliver has aimed an attack at Education Secretary Michael Gove's flagship academy programme, claiming the schools are lowering nutrition levels among pupils and profiteering from junk food vending machines.

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has criticised Michael Gove's flagship academy programme Credit: REUTERS/Christopher Furlong

The celebrity chef, who has campaigned for healthier school meals over the past decade, warned the progress made in recent years risks being undone by new academies which are allowed to ignore nutrient-based Government standards.

In an interview with The Observer Food Monthly, Oliver said: "This mantra that we are not going to tell (academy) schools what to do just isn't good enough in the midst of the biggest obesity epidemic ever. The public health of five million children should not be left to luck or chance."