School Healthy Living Survey

A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

The proportion of pupils registered for free school meals has increased to 38.0% from 37.4% in 2018.

The publication of ‘School Healthy Living Survey Statistics 2019’ by Scotland’s Chief Statistician also showed that the proportion of pupils who were registered and present on survey day and took a free meal decreased from 79.6% in 2018 to 78.1% in 2019. The proportion of pupils present on survey day who took a school meal, free or paid for, decreased from 55.6% in 2018 to 54.5% in 2019.

The proportion of all schools meeting the Physical Education (PE) target of at least two hours in primary and two periods (100 minutes) at secondary school in 2019 remained the same as in 2018 at 99%. Almost 100% of primary schools are meeting the target, an increase from 99% in 2018 and the proportion of secondary schools meeting the target in 2019 remained the same as in 2018 at 94%.


These statistics are sourced from ‘School Healthy Living Survey’ conducted in February 2018. This information is collected at school level.

Further school statistics are available within the School Education section of the Scottish Government website.

All pupils in P1 to P3 are entitled to free school meals. Local Authorities may also implement local measures to extend entitlement to free school meals over the national criteria.

Official statistics are produced by professionally independent statistical staff in line with the standards of official statistics in Scotland.


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