Free school meals for infant school children - press release
17 September 2013
Commenting on the announcement by the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg that every child in infant school will receive a free school lunch, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:
‘The NUT welcomes the announcement on free school meals for infant pupils but remains committed to the ambition of universal free school meals for all primary school pupils, as recommended in the School Food Plan. Children however do not stop being hungry at 7 years of age. We hope that today’s announcement represents just the start of rolling out free schools meals to all children in primary schools before the end of this Parliament.
‘The health benefits of eating a nutritious lunchtime meal cannot be overestimated. Teachers are well aware of the impact on children’s concentration and behaviour and the long term benefits for their educational attainment. With ever increasing rates of child poverty and childhood obesity, universal primary free school meals will not only bring about clear health and education benefits but will help support low income working parents and help to tackle child poverty’.