The Headteacher: Lot on plate with free school meals

Steve Woodhouse, executive headteacher at Bishop Wilton CE Primary Schooll
Steve Woodhouse, executive headteacher at Bishop Wilton CE Primary Schooll

From September, all children aged between four and seven will qualify for free school lunches under the £1billion scheme announced by the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg. Schools have little time to make the necessary arrangements and headteachers are already starting to identify problems with the planned roll out.

In theory, the idea of infant children having free hot meals seems to be an excellent one which many parents have welcomed. However, in reality, some schools simply don’t have the capacity to meet the extra demand and will undoubtedly struggle to be ready for this September. It isn’t just a case of cooking a few extra fish fingers; the implications of this initiative are far reaching.

Read Steve’s full column in tomorrow’s (20 March) Pocklington Post.