Pupils to get free school lunches

Pupils to get free school lunches

Pupils to get free school lunches

First published in News

ALL pupils in reception, year 1 and year 2 will be eligible for free school lunches from the start of the autumn term.

The Government says its new policy could save parents of the more than 7,000 eligible youngsters in Brighton and Hove up to £2,807,600.

Free school meals are means-tested for all children from year 3 onwards, but will now be available to all children aged four to seven.

A Government spokesman said children will be getting a “healthy, nutritious lunch” adding this helped improve concentration and learning.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, leading the initiative, said he hoped to create a “level playing field”, for children.

He said: “Pupils at the pilot schools who were all given free meals were found to be up to two months ahead of their peers elsewhere. This is one of the most progressive changes to our school system.”

The Government says the changes will also help reduce childhood obesity, adding that 20% of children are ‘obese’ by the time they leave primary school.

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12:02pm Mon 18 Aug 14

calro75 says...

Though in essence this is probably a good thing for most parents, I find slightly arrogant of the government to suggest that their meals would be better than parents providing them. I've seen the menus for the kids and to be fair they're not too bad but they still contain processed foods and tinned food. As a parent we're always being told not to give this stuff to our kids because of high sugar and salt content. So how come they're on the menu?
Though in essence this is probably a good thing for most parents, I find slightly arrogant of the government to suggest that their meals would be better than parents providing them. I've seen the menus for the kids and to be fair they're not too bad but they still contain processed foods and tinned food. As a parent we're always being told not to give this stuff to our kids because of high sugar and salt content. So how come they're on the menu? calro75
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