We will recruit 44 secondary schools in the West Midlands to take part (22 that are required to adhere and 22 that do not have to adhere to the standards).
We will compare the provision, sale and consumption of foods in schools and how schools implement the School Food Standards and the recommendations set out in the School Food Plan.
This will be done through a variety of data collection methods.
Schools taking part in the FUEL study will be asked to complete a number of tasks:
- Share some key data and documents with the researchers about school food
- Identify staff and governors to complete a questionnaire about school food
- Work with the research team to support the consent process for pupils and parents
- Arrange for two timetabled classroom sessions in which pupils will complete an online questionnaire
- Distribute information and questionnaires to parents of pupils invited to take part
- Allow researchers to visit the school to undertake an observation of school food
Children who take part in the FUEL study will be asked to complete a questionnaire requesting information on their general health and well-being and dental health, what they have eaten in the past 24 hours, as well as their ethnicity, age, sex and home postcode.
Parents of children taking part will be asked to fill in a questionnaire about their views on the school food provision at their child’s school and requesting information on their sex and age group.
4. School staff and governors
School governors and key staff members, including those in management, teaching and catering roles will be asked to complete a questionnaire exploring their views on school food provision, the eating environment, the food curriculum and implementation of the national School Food Standards and the related School Food Plan in their school.