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Better Eating, Better Learning

A project about food in Scotland's schools

22/9/2015: New BEBL guide published for children and young people

As part of our Better Eating Better Learning project work Children in Scotland has produced a new guide for school pupils.

Better Eating, Better Learning: A Guide for Children and Young People to Assess School Food aims to:

•    showcase and celebrate the work of the six schools participating in BEBL

•    suggest ways pupils could identify what needs improved in their schools, using the experiences of the schools as a starting point

•    highlight what pupils and teachers could learn from the project overall.

Download the guide (PDF)

Project background

The BEBL project aims to lay the groundwork for a longer-term approach to involving children and young people in all aspects of food and nutrition policy and practice.

As part of this project, Children in Scotland consulted with children and young people to inform recommendations for the development of school food services in Scotland.

Six schools in the Highlands, Glasgow, North Ayrshire and Argyll and Bute are working on the project.

Each school selected one or more themes they wanted to focus on, in close collaboration with Linda Young, Children in Scotland’s Policy Manager for Participation & Engagement. 

Using participatory approaches, the schools developed their own programmes.

They shared their work and self-evaluation tools through a special event held in March 2015 and the guide Better Eating, Better Learning: A Guide for Children and Young People to Assess School Food, published in September 2015.

Previous work and the ‘Ask the Children What They Want’ report

Based on our consultation activities with children and young people in phase one of BEBL, in February 2014 we produced a report, Ask the Children What They Want

This report has informed subsequent project work on BEBL.

Read the report (PDF download)

For more information about this project contact Linda Young: