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Best Start for Children - School Nutrition

High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: June 2017

School Nutrition

School meals (free or purchased)
  • Of those pupils present on the survey day, 56.9 per cent took a meal supplied by the school, compared to 58.1 per cent in 2016
  • 44.3 per cent of the pupils who were present on the survey day took a meal in secondary schools up from 39.2 per cent in 2009.
Free school meals
  • In 2017, across all sectors, 37.6 per cent (255,231 pupils) of the total school roll were registered for free school meals. In 2016, 37.8% of pupils were registered for free school meals
  • Of those registered and present, 81.0 per cent took a free school meal on the survey day, down from 81.5 per cent in 2016

School Meals 2017

All authorities are included. A trial took place in 2008, providing free school meals to all pupils in P1- P3. This affects the  comparability of school meal uptake in the period 2007-2009.
In August 2010, local initiatives at local authority level increased eligibility for free school meals.
 

Further Information
Summary statistics for attainment, leaver destinations and healthy living