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Evaluation of the Free School Meals Trial for P1 to P3 Pupils

DescriptionThis report presents the outcome of the evaluation of the free school meals trial for P1-P3 pupils, commissioned by the Scottish Government. The trial is part of the Government's drive to improve the nation's health and encourage good eating habits from a young age.
ISBN978 07559 72159
Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateOctober 02, 2008

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Jane MacLardie, Chris Martin, Lorraine Murray and Kate Sewel, Ipsos MORI ISBN 978 0 7559 7215 9 (Web only publication)
ISSN 0950 2254
This document is also available in pdf format (696k)
This full report is also accompanied by research findings 40/2008.

CONTENTS

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION
Background
Objectives of the evaluation

CHAPTER 2: METHODOLOGY
Analysis of school meal uptake
Qualitative research with key stakeholders
Quantitative research with parents of P1 to P3 pupils
A note on measures of deprivation
Structure of the report

CHAPTER 3: UPTAKE OF FREE SCHOOL MEALS
Level of registration for FSMs in the five trial areas
Uptake of school meals before the trial
Change in uptake of school meals as a result of the trial
Special schools
Trends in uptake over the trial period
Initial uptake
Reasons for having school meals
Reasons for not having school meals everyday

CHAPTER 4: PROCESS AND PRACTICAL ISSUES FOR LOCAL AUTHORITIES AND SCHOOLS
Expected issues and actual issues with trial
Non-food related issues
Food related issues

CHAPTER 5: POTENTIAL HEALTH AND OTHER BENEFITS
Pupil and parent attitudes towards healthy eating and school meals
Parent and teacher perceptions of any social or behavioural changes in children
Eating behaviour among pupils
The impact of the trial on the home and on food choices for the rest of the family

CHAPTER 6: THE COSTS OF PROVIDING FREE SCHOOL MEALS AS PART OF THE TRIAL

CHAPTER 7: CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS

ANNEX 1: UPTAKE AMONG NON- FSM REGISTERED PUPILS NOT PREVIOUSLY TAKING A MEAL
ANNEX 2: ADDITIONAL COST CHARTS

The views expressed in the report are those of the author(s) and do not
necessarily reflect those of the Scottish Government or any other
organisation(s) by which the author(s) is/are employed.
The Scottish Government is making this full report and research findings
available on-line in order to provide access to its contents for those interested
in the subject. The Scottish Government commissioned the research but has
not exercised editorial control over the report.

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