Well-fed school children will be ready to learn

Well-fed school children will be ready to learn

Well-fed school children will be ready to learn

First published in Letters

I was pleased to see the letter in the Oxford Mail from doctors and public health professionals last Friday about the health benefits of the Government's free school meals initiative for infant school children.

This Liberal Democrat policy will also help tackle social inequality by removing the stigma that has prevented many families who are already entitled to free school meals from claiming them – therefore, ensuring all students are well fed and ready to learn.

It is not easy to produce a healthy, affordable and varied pack lunch every day so I started paying for my son to have hot meals last year.

The free school meals policy will save my family about £450 this school year and about £900 next year.

For many parents this is a welcome relief at a time when household budgets are stretched and I hope that the policy will be expanded in the future to include children of all ages.

This is a hugely important and positive step forward for health, education and equality.

Emily Smith, Botley

  • Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone’s contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Send your Letter to the Editor

11:20am Monday 28th July 2014

What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.

  • Today’s letters

PM must make a stand against anti-EU views

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Friday 24th October 2014

The Tories must be getting desperate. David Cameron is pledging to curb free movement of people inside the European Union. The Prime Minister knows such a curb is illegal and completely against the idea of a strong, united Europe.

Railway station project shows the way forward

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Friday 24th October 2014

We enjoy the county council’s thought-experiments for improving traffic movement into and through the centre of Oxford.

Commuters should not have to put up with this

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Friday 24th October 2014

Can anyone from Oxfordshire County Council please stand up and tell me why they think that it is okay to treat the commuting public of south Oxfordshire with such disgraceful disrespect?

Underground bus idea sounds just great to me

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Friday 24th October 2014

I love the idea of underground busways – it is workable and possible – two cities have those in the world at moment, but Oxford would be the first UK underground bus system.

Housing would destroy this ancient landscape

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Friday 24th October 2014

The headlong rush to build new housing all over the south of England is giving rise to new levels of misjudgement by local councils.

It’s unnecessary for students to enter into a tenancy agreement for 2015

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Friday 24th October 2014

I was disappointed but not surprised to see the article ‘Students told to renew 2015 tenancies now, October 21’.

Comments (5)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

2:21pm Tue 2 Sep 14

WitneyGreen says...

"It is not easy to produce a healthy, affordable and varied pack lunch every day"

Yes it is. I fail to understand why parents can't ensure their children are 'well fed and ready to learn' as that is, one hopes, their responsibility as parents.
"It is not easy to produce a healthy, affordable and varied pack lunch every day" Yes it is. I fail to understand why parents can't ensure their children are 'well fed and ready to learn' as that is, one hopes, their responsibility as parents. WitneyGreen
  • Score: 2

6:23pm Tue 2 Sep 14

mytaxes says...

There are breakfast clubs and now free lunches, let them have dinner also and it will take all the responsibility from parents to feed their children. Why do they have children if they are not willing to take responsibility for feeding them?
There are breakfast clubs and now free lunches, let them have dinner also and it will take all the responsibility from parents to feed their children. Why do they have children if they are not willing to take responsibility for feeding them? mytaxes
  • Score: 1

8:52pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

WitneyGreen wrote:
"It is not easy to produce a healthy, affordable and varied pack lunch every day"

Yes it is. I fail to understand why parents can't ensure their children are 'well fed and ready to learn' as that is, one hopes, their responsibility as parents.
There is the third way...

Children who live close to their school can potentially go home for a nutricious lunch too. I certainly did, and many children at my old school still do.
[quote][p][bold]WitneyGreen[/bold] wrote: "It is not easy to produce a healthy, affordable and varied pack lunch every day" Yes it is. I fail to understand why parents can't ensure their children are 'well fed and ready to learn' as that is, one hopes, their responsibility as parents.[/p][/quote]There is the third way... Children who live close to their school can potentially go home for a nutricious lunch too. I certainly did, and many children at my old school still do. Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 1

9:35pm Tue 2 Sep 14

WitneyGreen says...

Andrew:Oxford wrote:
WitneyGreen wrote:
"It is not easy to produce a healthy, affordable and varied pack lunch every day"

Yes it is. I fail to understand why parents can't ensure their children are 'well fed and ready to learn' as that is, one hopes, their responsibility as parents.
There is the third way...

Children who live close to their school can potentially go home for a nutricious lunch too. I certainly did, and many children at my old school still do.
Yes, but that would rely on the schools and the county council organising themselves to ensure children go to their closest school, within walking distance. Hey, that would get rid of all the traffic congestion too. But instead we send children to schools on the other side of the city.
[quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WitneyGreen[/bold] wrote: "It is not easy to produce a healthy, affordable and varied pack lunch every day" Yes it is. I fail to understand why parents can't ensure their children are 'well fed and ready to learn' as that is, one hopes, their responsibility as parents.[/p][/quote]There is the third way... Children who live close to their school can potentially go home for a nutricious lunch too. I certainly did, and many children at my old school still do.[/p][/quote]Yes, but that would rely on the schools and the county council organising themselves to ensure children go to their closest school, within walking distance. Hey, that would get rid of all the traffic congestion too. But instead we send children to schools on the other side of the city. WitneyGreen
  • Score: 1

12:28pm Wed 3 Sep 14

JanetJ says...

Andrew:Oxford wrote:
WitneyGreen wrote:
"It is not easy to produce a healthy, affordable and varied pack lunch every day"

Yes it is. I fail to understand why parents can't ensure their children are 'well fed and ready to learn' as that is, one hopes, their responsibility as parents.
There is the third way...

Children who live close to their school can potentially go home for a nutricious lunch too. I certainly did, and many children at my old school still do.
Nice idea - happened in my mother's day but i don't expect your mum had to go out to work full time to pay the mortgage though.
[quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WitneyGreen[/bold] wrote: "It is not easy to produce a healthy, affordable and varied pack lunch every day" Yes it is. I fail to understand why parents can't ensure their children are 'well fed and ready to learn' as that is, one hopes, their responsibility as parents.[/p][/quote]There is the third way... Children who live close to their school can potentially go home for a nutricious lunch too. I certainly did, and many children at my old school still do.[/p][/quote]Nice idea - happened in my mother's day but i don't expect your mum had to go out to work full time to pay the mortgage though. JanetJ
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree