Food Education in School and Beyond

**Please note that the date of this event has changed to 13 December**

In June 2018, the Scottish Government launched a consultation into the nutritional requirements for food and drink in schools. This event will examine priorities for the consultation and scrutinise the role of schools in shaping and informing the relationship our children and young people have with food.

Serving up success

The food we eat has a huge impact on our quality of life. Not only increasing attainment and wellbeing, but supporting longer, healthier lives. It is crucial that we equip children and young people with the education and opportunity to make the most of fresh, healthy, and local produce.

With eating habits forming at an early age, schools remain at the forefront of education and prevention. They not only serve food that needs to be nutritious, balanced and appealing but also nurture a relationship with food through teaching home economics, communal eating and outreach initiatives that will last a lifetime.

Join us as we scrutinise the role of procurement, opportunity and education in exceeding the ambitions and amendments to the Nutritional Requirements for Food and Drink in Schools (Scotland) Regulations 2008.

Key issues we’ll address with you

  • The change in nutritional guidelines and food standards for food at school
  • Tackling obesity and bad nutrition through opportunity and education
  • The impact of a balanced diet on achievement and tackling the attainment gap
  • Embracing culture and community through the food you serve
  • Role of schools in establishing healthy eating habits

Agenda*

09:15 Registration and Refreshments

09:55 Welcome and Introduction by the Chair

Tom Freeman, Health and Education Journalist, Holyrood Magazine

10:00 Session 1: Context and Overview

  • The change in nutritional guidelines and food standards for food at school
  • The need for balanced meals to support academic achievement
  • Tackling obesity and bad nutrition through opportunity and education

10:00 Lorraine Tulloch, Programme Lead, Obesity Action Scotland

10:20 The True Cost of Food Education

Elaine Gardiner, Principal Teacher of Food and Textile Technology, Bannerman High School (until December 2018) and Teaching Fellow for Home Economics, Strathclyde University (from January 2019)

10:40 Questions and roundtable discussions

11:00 Refreshments and Networking

11:30 Session 2: Making Healthy Eating Accessible

  • The impact of a balanced diet on achievement and tackling the attainment gap
  • Tackling holiday hunger
  • Beyond the School gate: influencing the food environment around schools
  • Priorities for and importance of local authority procurement
  • Embracing culture and community through the food you serve

11:30 Eat Right... Be Bright

School meals are not always seen as an integral part of the school curriculum. However, if supported by key staff and treated as a part of the school day, school meals can help support the health, wellbeing and attainment of pupils. This presentation will look at the procurement of food into schools, the influence of the High Street on pupils, influencing the choices and supporting holiday hunger. 

Lesley Richard, Strategic Procurement Manager, Scotland Excel
Chris Boyle, Channel Head, Brakes

12:00 Food, Families, Futures

Children In Scotland has been working in partnership with a variety of organisations over the last three years to support local solutions to tackle holiday hunger. Elaine will share the successes and challenges of this award-winning project.

Elaine Kerridge, Policy Manager - Participation & Engagement, Children In Scotland

12:30 Questions and roundtable discussions

13:00 Lunch and Networking

13:30 Session 3: Encouraging Positive Food Habits

  • Food education from social enterprise initiatives to home economics
  • Role of schools in establishing healthy eating habits
  • Long-term lifestyle and health benefits - tackling obesity at its root

13:30 Food for Life Scotland: Putting More Scottish Food On The Table 

Sarah Duley, Food for Life Programme Manager, Soil Association Scotland

14:00 Can Schools Influence Positive Food Choices?

  • Who or what is responsible for influencing our children’s food choices?
  • Creating a positive environment to encourage healthier food choices 

Lyndsay Clark, Senior Health Promotion Officer (Food and Health), Fife Health & Social Care Partnership

14:30 Questions and discussion

14:55 Closing remarks from the Chair

15:00 Close of event

*Agenda subject to change

Venue

Central Edinburgh, venue to be confirmed in due course.

Costs

Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Discounted rate: £145 (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 | 2+ places £195 per place (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, housing associations, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 | 2+ places £245 per place (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email enquiries@holyrood.com or phone 0131 285 1635

Dates
13 December 2018
Location
Edinburgh
United Kingdom

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