The purpose of the toolkit is to share valuable findings from the research undertaken by the University of Hertfordshire and Food Standards Scotland which looked at what teenagers are eating and drinking at lunchtime outside of school and why.
We think it is important to understand whether the food and drink available near schools influences the diet of secondary school children; why they go to certain shops at lunchtime and what makes them choose certain foods. Young people need to feel able to ask pertinent questions about their food and to have the tools to help them make considered decisions when buying food at school or on the high street; we hope this toolkit enables them to make informed choices and helps shape a healthier future.
How to Use the Toolkit
Below are seven scenarios about secondary school students during their lunchtime break.
Read the scenario.
Click on each scenario for discussion points for you to discuss as a group, or to think about by yourself.
Discuss the reasons why this might be important to discuss.
Click the link to come back to this page and select the next scenario.
1. Katie has gone to the local shop during the school lunch break. She wants to buy a drink, but she is unsure of which one to buy. The shop has bottled water, soft drinks and energy drinks available. She knows that bottled water is healthier for her, but the soft drinks and energy drinks are cheaper. She can’t decide which one to choose.
2. During the school lunch break, Nooran decides to leave the school and go to a local takeaway shop to buy her lunch. Normally, she would purchase her lunch from the school canteen, but she thinks that the staff in the takeaway shop are nicer to her than the staff in the school canteen.
5. George sometimes likes to buy the pizza from the school canteen for his lunch. It costs £1.20. However, the pizza slices have been made smaller recently, but still cost £1.20. George doesn’t think he is getting good value for his money. He isn’t the only student who feels this way.
7. Nooran really likes ketchup, especially when she eats chips on a Friday in the school canteen. However, the dinner ladies only ever give her one sachet, but she would like more. She has asked them if she could have some more, but they say they can't.
4. Nooran and her friends have just bought their lunch from the school canteen. However, they can’t find anywhere to sit together because it is too busy. It’s raining outside and they aren’t allowed to sit in the corridors at lunchtime. They have to sit on separate tables to eat their lunch.