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School Food and Feeding the Mind

This event will investigate the ongoing changes and debates around School Food. New regulations must be in place by autumn 2020. The government has announced that School food must include more fruits and vegetables and less processed red meat and sugar on their menus. The government has ambitious aims to halve childhood obesity and improve the overall health of young people by 2030 and schools are a key factor in this being a success. 

These regulations will come into effect in one year, but what can schools do to prepare for these changes.

This event is part of Holyrood’s series On the Nation’s Plate.  

Series: On the Nation's Plate

Holyrood’s series ‘On the Nation’s Plate’ will explore the policy and practical implications across the public sector to meeting the government's ambitious goals for diet and health. Scotland is making bold commitments to improve the health of the nation. For a healthier Scotland, we must tackle what is on the plates of our citizens. Diet and improving the food we eat is integral to meeting the government's objectives.  

Event series in partnership with Nourish Scotland

Improving the Health of Children in Scotland

"We know that health in Scotland is improving, but not for everyone. Supporting children and young people at school is an important way of addressing these inequalities. Together with a range of other actions to help support a healthy diet, this new guidance will contribute to improving health and reducing health inequalities in Scotland.”
Claire Hislop, Organisational Lead for Diet and Healthy Weight at NHS Health 

Our event on the 27 November will explore how schools can respond to the latest updates in School Food regulations as well as the latest examples of best practice and leading voices in childhood nutrition. 

Supporting Organisation 


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

Who Should Attend?

Headteachers and teachers, food suppliers and providers, health and social care specialists:

  • Headteachers, Teachers 
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Catering managers
  • Procurement Specialists
  • Catering Staff
  • Dieticians and nutritionists
  • District nurses 
  • Community Engagement Officers and Developers
  • Outreach officers
  • Planning officers
  • Equalities and wellbeing officers

Confirmed Speakers

  • Miesbeth Knottenbelt, Nourish Scotland
  • Sarah Duley, Head of Food, Soil Association Scotland 
  • Peter McGrath, Brakes Scotland - Meals and More 
  • Laura Muir & Kay Copland,  Senior Procurement Specialist & Procurement Lead, Scotland Excel 
  • Mark Hunter, Service Manager, Food and Catering, East Ayrshire Council
  • Jayne Jones, Chair ASSIST
  • Shona Cherry, Zero Waste Scotland
  • Dr Raquel Revuelta Iniesta RD, RNut, Lecturer in Nutrition, Queen Margaret University 
  • Joanne Burns, Food and Drink Federation
  • Dr Justice Reilly, Plant-Based Health Professional 


Registration and opening remarks

09:30    Registration and Refreshments

10:00    Welcome and Introduction from the Chair

Miesbeth Knottenbelt, Nourish Scotland

10.05 Session 1: Updates to School Food Regulations: Policy and Context

  • The change to nutritional guidelines for schools
  • Using education to improve health and tackle obesity
  • The role of food providers - advertising and accessible sourcing

10:05 Jayne Jones, Chair ASSIST

10:25 Sarah Duley, Head of Food, Soil Association Scotland 

10:40 Dr Justice Reilly, Plant-Based Health Professionals 

10:55    Questions and Discussion

11:20    Refreshments and Networking

11:35  Session 2: Using Food to get the Best Outcomes for Pupils

  • The impact of a balanced diet on attainment and supporting additional needs
  • Beyond the school gate – obesogenic environments and junk food advertisements 
  • Tackling Holiday Hunger

11:35 Dr Raquel Revuelta Iniesta RD, RNut, Lecturer in Nutrition, Queen Margaret University 

11:55 Mark Hunter, Service Manager, Food and Catering, East Ayrshire Council

12:15 Peter McGrath - Meals and More - Holiday Hunger

12:30    Solutions Room - Interactive Session

This interactive workshop is designed to provide peer-supported advice on the biggest challenges you face in facilitating classroom discussions around food education. You will have two minutes to think of a challenge you are facing. Participants will then be divided into groups and each person's challenge will be brainstormed by your group in quick-fire cycles.

13:15    Lunch and Networking

13:50 Session 3: Investing in Their Future

  • The role of schools in establishing healthy eating habits
  • Food procurement in schools, challenges and successes 
  • Embedding cultural changes in policy

13:50 Laura Muir and Kay Copland, Scotland Excel 

14:15 Joanne Burns, Food and Drink Federation

14:30 Shona Cherry, Zero Waste Scotland

14:45    Questions and Discussion

15:25    Closing Remarks from Chair

Miesbeth Knottenbelt

15:30    Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

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27 Nov 2019
Whitespace, Norloch House 36 King's Stables Road Edinburgh EH1 2EU
Reduced Rate
1 place £145 + VAT

Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m

Standard Rate
1 place £245 + VAT | £195 2+ places

Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m

Full Rate
£295 + VAT | £245 2+ places

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