The cost of free school meals

From September Cumbrian schools will have an extra £1.15m to make sure all 4-7 year olds get free school meals.

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Budding young chef writes cookbook

Dan would like to be a chef when he grown up Credit: Braithwaite Church of England Primary

A ten-year-old boy from Cumbria has written and published his very own, dairy-free, cookbook.

Dan Newton has a rare condition called galactosemia, which means he can't eat dairy.

He's been selling signed copies of his book at his school, Braithwaite Church of England Primary.

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1/3 children believe cheese comes from plants, according to research

More than a fifth of primary school children have never visited a farm, according to research. Nearly a third believe cheese comes from plants.

A young couple from Dalston want to change all that.

They've leased four acres of land to create an education centre and they've teamed up with Fixers - the campaign that gives young people a voice - to get their message across.

£1.15 million set for school meals

In Cumbria 2168 children get free school meals but in September it will be 15,000. Credit: PA

From September Cumbrian schools will have an extra £1.15m to make sure all four to seven year olds get free school meals.In Cumbria 2168 children get free school meals but in September it will be 15,000.

That's because at the moment it's only for low income families but the government has set aside more money so all children in reception, year 1 and year 2 will get them.

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Plans for more free school meals in Cumbria

15,000 children in Cumbria could be entitled to free school meals from this September Credit: PA

15,000 children in Cumbria could be entitled to free school meals from this September, if the County Council gives the decision the go-ahead.

Councillors are expected to approve the plans, after new national legislation ruled all schools should give pupils in reception and years one and two a free school meal.

Teens in education reminded to apply for £30 a week grant

Young people are being reminded to apply for Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA).

People aged 16 years and over before 28th February 2015, could get £30 a week. This is providing they are at school or college. Those who engage in an Activity Agreement for more than nine hours a week can also apply.

"The payments are paid every fortnight direct to the young person's own bank account. This encourages them to not only continue their education but also gives them essential budgeting skills for the future.

The EMA payments are dependent on attendance at school or college so it is not paid during school holidays or when attendance is below 100%."

– SBC’s Executive Member for Education, Councillor Sandy Aitchison

EMA payments are managed by Scottish Borders Council on behalf of the Scottish Government.

For more information and to apply for EMA, click here.

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