Health Promotion and Nutrition in Schools

 Schoolchildren eating healthy mealsThe Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Act 2007

The Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Act builds on the work of health promoting schools and Hungry for Success. It places health promotion at the heart of a school’s activities and details a number of duties on local authorities such as to promote school meals and consider sustainable development guidance when providing food and drink.

We published guidance, titled Health Promotion Guidance for local authorities and schools, which will support local authorities and schools, and managers of grant-aided schools, in working with partner agencies to meet their duties under the Act.  

Also in 2010 we published materials for parents, teachers and pupils on what the Health Promotion and Nutrition legislation means for them.

The Nutritional Requirements for Food and Drink in Schools (Scotland) Regulations 2008

The Nutritional Requirements for Food and Drink in Schools (Scotland) Regulations 2008 were introduced in primary schools in august 2008 and in Secondary schools in August 2009.  The Regs set strict nutritional for all food and drink being served in schools.

Guidance, titled Healthy Eating in Schools - A guide to implementing the Nutritional Requirements for Food and Drink in Schools (Scotland) Regulations 2008, has also been published. This guidance is intended to provide practical advice to help those involved in providing food and drinks in schools to implement the regulations.

Health and Wellbeing in Curriculum for Excellence

In 2010 Curriculum for Excellence was introduced.  One of the 8 main curriculum areas is health and wellbeing where a number of experiences and outcomes are described including ‘food and health’.  This aims to ensure that learners develop the skills to make healthy food choices and help establish lifelong healthy eating habits.

Taken together with the Health Promotion guidance, the health and wellbeing experiences and outcomes outline the Government's expectations upon individuals, schools and local authorities for promoting the health and wellbeing of children and young people.