Education Secretary Michael Russell, said: “The Scottish government is committed to providing high quality school meals and this new guidance sets out how we will go about achieving this.
“We want to give our children the best start in life and how they eat at school forms a crucial part of a child’s development, including how well they learn.
“Today’s guidance strengthens our approach at a national level ahead, including taking into account the views of children themselves, ahead of every P1-3 pupil being offered a school meal for free every day, which is also aimed at raising attainment.’
- All food served in schools should promote healthy eating
- School meals should champion fresh, local, seasonable produce
- Caterers and teaching staff should collaborate on food education to improve the diets of children and young people
- Everyone involved in school food provision should understand the need for inspiring menus which take into account nutrition, health and environmental impacts
- Feedback from children and young people should inform school food and education
- All staff involved in school food provision and food education should have the opportunity to undertake professional training in food, health, and the environment.