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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said the new policy giving all infant school children a free school meal in England was the first step in fulfilling his ambition to provide free school meals to all primary school children.
Mr Clegg said: "For the Liberal Democrats, this is a first step: my ambition is to provide free school meals for all primary school children. Another reason we want to get into Government again next time round."
The Deputy Prime Minister said free school meals would help "give every child the chance in life they deserve."
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.
Families will save £400 a year per child as a result of the Coalition's plan to offer free school meals to all infant schoolchildren in England.
Every child at infant school in England will receive a free school meal from next September, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced.
The Coalition will fund schools in England to provide every child in reception, year one and year two, from the ages of four to seven, with a hot and healthy meal at lunchtime.
Mr Clegg said the scheme would “give every child the chance in life they deserve.”
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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.