We have recommended that free school meals should be extended

The picture in London
“We have recommended that free school meals should be extended to all
primary school children, starting with the most deprived areas.This is the only
one of our recommendations that the government has not agreed to yet. We
understand that the considerable cost and the need to involve other
departments makes it a big ask. But we are pleased that the Secretary of
State agrees with us in principle and we would urge schools and councils to
consider funding universal free school meals themselves”
Free school meals help boost educational attainment
“pupils made between four and eight weeks more progress over the two
year pilot than pupils in other areas”
Free school meals help to keep children healthy
“only 1% of packed lunched meet the nutritional standards of school
Free school meals help children living in poverty avoid
“(Getting FSM) makes me feel like I don’t have a good mum but
mummy is disabled and I do get bullied sometimes”
Free School meals can help to tackle food poverty
“the scale of hunger amongst school children is of serious concern”
Universal free schools meals would increase pupil
premium money
“Schools only get money for children who take up their free school
meals not for children entitled to it”
Let’s All Have Lunch! kicked off on the 11th September
What’s happened so far…
• 4in10 and CPAG meeting with Local authorities
(starting with top 10 for child poverty) to discuss
models for universal provision
• Tower Hamlets announced plans to fund FSMs for all
children in Reception and Year 1
• Mayor of London supported the campaign after being
asked at a question time by Fiona Twycross
Free school meals for all Key stage 1
• Government announcement: the program beginning
next year will ensure a hot lunch is available to all
children in reception, year 1 and year 2 - pupils aged
between five and seven.
• It is a start!
• The change - for children in reception, year one and
year two - will save parents about £400 a year per
Increasing media profile for the
• Guardian
• Evening standard
• Local newspapers
• Channel 5 news
Let’s All have Lunch campaign
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