Hunger in the UK classroom

Margaret A. Defeyter, Donald A.P. Bundy, Myles Bremner, Abigail Page

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This chapter starts by presenting a historical account of school food policy in the United Kingdom, including the introduction of free school meals, nutritional policies, and school food standards. Following this, the current research literature on school meals in the United Kingdom is discussed in terms of diet and nutrition, body weight, mental health and wellbeing, educational attainment, and behaviour. Next, this chapter presents research findings relating to school breakfast clubs and cognition, educational attainment, diet and nutrition, and behaviour. This chapter concludes by presenting policy recommendations for how school programmes can enhance the health, wellbeing, and educational attainment of children across the world.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge International Handbook of Equity and Inclusion in Education
EditorsPaul Downes, Guofang Li, Lore Van Praag, Stephen Lamb
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781040017081
ISBN (Print)9781032253893
Publication statusPublished - 13 May 2024

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