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Water only schools

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 13th March 2020.

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Photo of Andrew Boff Andrew Boff Conservative

What research has been undertaken to identify and quantify possible benefits and risks of your water only schools recommendation?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Supporting schools to adopt ‘water only’ policies was included as a recommendation by London’s Child Obesity Taskforce who undertook a thorough review of the evidence on the contributors to child obesity to inform their work. Stakeholders and parents were also consulted on ‘water only’ policies through the development of the London Vision and Great Weight Debate. Many primary schools across the country already have ‘water only’ policies.

In developing the Water Only Toolkit for schools, Public Health England London undertook a review of the evidence which included consideration of examples of existing practice from Amsterdam, New Zealand the USA and research by the World Health Organisation. Headteachers were also involved in reviewing and advising on the Toolkit.