Nutritional Requirements for Food and Drink in Schools (Scotland) Regulations 2020: equalities impact assessment

An equalities impact assessment carried out for the Nutritional Requirements for food and drink in schools (Scotland) Regulations 2020 to ensure that impact on protected characteristics was considered as part of the development of the Regulations.

Stage 1: Framing

Results of framing exercise

Although this policy focuses on schools, the policy is more focused towards children and young people's health.

Extent/Level of EQIA required

This policy will affect all children and young people attending any publicly-funded school in Scotland, where they consume food and drink provided within the school premises, including where residential accommodation is provided by the school for boarding pupils.

Whilst the effects of this policy are intended to cover all school-aged children equally, we believe it will be of particular benefit to children and young people who are eligible for free school meals.

This is because the rate of uptake of school meals in significantly higher among children and young people who are eligible for free school meals in comparison to those who are not. In 2019, uptake of school meals was 78.1% among children and young people who were eligible for free school meals compared to 54.5% for all pupils[1] Therefore an EQIA will be published to reflect this.



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