Pupils to get free schools meals

Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has announced that all four-to-seven-year-olds will be given free school meals.

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Students 'ahead of peers' in meal pilot areas

  • The average school meal costs parents £437 per child per year
  • Many children on low incomes are not eligible for free school meals - approximately four in ten children living in poverty
  • In pilots in London, students were found to be on average two months ahead of their peers elsewhere

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