School time should be a chance for children to learn, not to worry about hungry tummies

From start to finish the school day is about preparing children and young people for the world ahead of them, and within that time period, ensuring that they are ready and able to learn; yet, having a hungry tummy will be detrimental to all of that.

That is why over the last 10 years, I have banged the drum for universal free school meals which are hot, healthy and nutritious, because of the importance they can have on a child’s education, health and wellbeing and also their behaviour and readiness to learn.

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