Last Updated: Tuesday, September 20, 2022

A summary of Food Education resources

What is this?

​​​Find key information, resources, exemplification and links to resources on the National Improvement Hub linked to using food as a context for learning.

Who is this for?

​These materials will support professional learning and development work relating to food education.

Explore this resource

The following links will allow teachers and practitioners to access key information, resources and policies in order to support professional development and the implementation of using food as a context for learning. They will also provide inspiration and connections around interesting practice currently emerging across Scotland in this area.

Key documents and policy drivers

  • Food in Schools across Scotland - A digital framework for everyone involved in food provision and food as a context for learning in schools across Scotland. It requires education and catering staff to work together using relevant, high quality evidence to evaluate what is working well and identify areas in need of improvement.
  • Better Eating, Better Learning - guidance to support driving positive improvement in food education and school food provision
  • Good Food Nation - Scotland’s aspiration that people from every walk of life take pride and pleasure in, and benefit from, the food they produce, buy, serve, and eat each day
  • Setting the Table - A nutrition guide for Early Years establishments
  • Healthy Eating in Schools 2020 - A guide to implementing the Nutritional Requirements for Food and Drink in Schools (Scotland) Regulations 2020
  • Health Promotion and Nutrition Act (2007) - guidance in relation to fulfilling the health promotion duty of the Act
  • Nutritional Analysis Manual - guidance for schools and local authorities on how to adopt a consistent approach to nutritionally analyse school lunch menus in order to demonstrate compliance with statutory nutrient standards
  • Free School Meals - information in relation to access and entitlement to free school meals
  • Revised Dietary Goals for Scotland - guidance setting out nutrition goals for Scotland
  • Beyond the School Gate - 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
  • How School Food Delivers on a Range of Policies

Learning, teaching and assessment resources

Interesting Practice

Early years



Interventions for Equity

Improvement questions

  • Through the learning experiences and opportunities I create, how am I helping young people develop skills which prepare them for their future career pathways and the world of work?
  • How can we work effectively with parents, employers and our wider community in order to enhance and develop food and health education?