Free school meals for infant children could substantially improve academic performance, a recent report suggested.
The School Food Plan, conducted by Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent, found that, in pilots where all children had been given a free school dinner, students were academically months ahead of their peers elsewhere.
Between three and five per cent more children reached target levels in maths and English at Key Stage 1.
Every child at infant school in England will receive a free school meal from next September, Nick Clegg announced today.
The policy fits in with what the Lib Dems have been trying to get across - that the party are having an effect in the coalition.