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Publication name: Process evaluation of the implementation of Universal Free School Meals - Research with parents
Date: 26 October 2015
Description: This report describes learning from the first phase of a process evaluation of the Universal Free School Meals Policy for all primary 1 to 3 pupils in Scotland, which was introduced in January 2015.

This phase of the process evaluation involved research with parents to better understand their views and experience of the policy shortly after it was introduced.

Focus groups were used to engage with a sample of parents of primary 1 to 3 pupils, involving a mix of parents were eligible for free school meals for their children under the old targeted policy, and parents who were not.

The study found parents were generally supportive of the policy and identified benefit for both them and their children, including financial and nutritional benefits. Parents did raise some concerns which the second phase of the research will seek to investigate.

The second phase of the process evaluation will be published in early 2016. It involved research with schools and local authorities.

This research is part of a larger evaluation of Universal Free School Meals.
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