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Healthy Eating in Schools: Supplementary guidance on diet and nutrition for children and young people with additional support needs

DescriptionAdditional nutritional guidance for special schools.
Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateMarch 16, 2011


ISBN 978 0 7559 9985 9
DPPAS 11228

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Ministerial Foreword

1 Introduction
Why is this guidance needed?
Policy context
Aim of the guidance
Who is this guidance for?

2 Ensuring appropriate food and drink choices for all children and young people
What is a special diet?
Specific issues for those with additional support needs
School lunch provision
Snacks and drinks
Oral health
Selective eaters
Food and drinks involved in therapy
Food and drinks as treats or rewards

3 Positive culture, ethos and environment
Developing a positive lunchtime environment which supports healthy eating
Social aspects of mealtimes
Supporting children to make choices at lunchtime
Supporting healthy eating messages across the school

4 Communication and training
Communication passports
Eating and drinking profiles
Training for staff and parents

5 Partnerships
Parents as partners
Partnerships with health professionals

Food standards outwith the school lunch - table 1 and Drink Standards for schools - table 2 ( Annex A)
Summary of national food and drink descriptors for texture modification ( Annex B)
Snack policy, St Andrew's School ( Annex C)
Example of eating, drinking and swallowing policy ( Annex D)
Acknowledgements, glossary, further information and resources, references ( Annex E)

Further information and resources