Publication - Advice and guidance

Beyond the School Gate - Improving Food Choices in the School Community

Published: 3 Jun 2014
Part of:
Health and social care

Beyond the School Gate guidance was launched on 1st May 2014. It provides guidance for local authorities, schools, retailers, caterers and other partners on what they can do to influence the food environment around schools and support children and young people to make healthier choices.

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Beyond the School Gate - Improving Food Choices in the School Community
Annex B: Evidence Base

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Annex B: Evidence Base

There is a steadily increasing body of research looking at the food environment around schools and the impact this can have on the diet and health of children and young people. Researchers are also looking at the effectiveness of interventions aimed at improving the food environment near schools and encouraging children and young people to make healthier food choices.

Key sources of evidence and research include:

Exploring food attitudes and behaviours in the UK: Findings from the Food and You Survey 2012. TNS BMRB, Policy Studies Institute and University of Westminster, 2012.

The Scottish Health Survey - 2005-present. Scottish Government.

Survey of diet among children in Scotland 2012. Food Standards Agency in Scotland.

Is eating out of school a healthy option for secondary pupils? - Report. September 2012, Fiona Crawford, Anne Ellaway, Dionne Mackison, John Mooney, GCPH.

Exploring the nutritional quality of 'out of school' foods popular with school pupils - Briefing Paper. June 2012. Fiona Crawford, GCPH.

Are lunch-time stay on site policies sustainable? - Briefing Paper. 2012, Fiona Crawford, GCPH.

Evaluating the Impact of the 'Big Eat In' - Final Report. 2011, ScotCen.

Social determinants of health and well-being among young people. Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study: International report from the 2009/2010 survey.
Currie C et al., eds. Copenhagen, WHO Regional Office for Europe, 2012 (Health Policy for Children and Adolescents, No. 6).

UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey 2008/09 & 2009/10. Department of Health and Food Standards Agency, 2011.

Takeaways Toolkit: Tools, interventions and case studies to help local authorities develop a response to the health impacts of fast-food takeaways, Greater London Authority, November 2013.

Children's Food and Drink Purchasing Behaviour "Beyond the School Gate": The Development of a Survey Module. ISRN Nutrition Volume 2013.

Ask the children what they want. Children in Scotland, February 2014.

Beyond the School Gate: Lunch Survey. Young Scot, March 2014.


Email: Christopher Russell