Minister’s school dinner pledge

Minister for Learning Dr Alasdair Allan joins Penicuik High pupils for school dinners. Photo: Jon Savage

Minister for Learning Dr Alasdair Allan joins Penicuik High pupils for school dinners. Photo: Jon Savage

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All Scottish schools should make every effort to think ‘fresh, healthy and local’ in sourcing meals for pupils, Minister for Learning Dr Alasdair Allan said last week.

Dr Allan outlined the Scottish Government’s support for sustainability and local suppliers as he visited Penicuik High School. He made the visit on the eve of International School Meals Day.

The Minister met staff who outlined the local commitment shared by Penicuik High and local primary schools to embed the principles of Better Eating, Better Learning, which was published last year to support school-led improvements in school food and food education.

Pupils from S1 to S6 are involved in a range of activities aimed at improving food awareness and education, including cooking, meal planning, gardening and enterprise. The school also sources produce from local suppliers.

Dr Allan said: “Here at Penicuik High and in local primary schools, terrific work is ongoing that perfectly illustrates the theme of this year’s International School Meals Day. It’s clear to see that the work being undertaken by the Penicuik cluster is contributing to pupils learning about the importance of good food choices to their overall health and wellbeing.”