As we look for ways to boost the economy and get much needed cash circulating, one thing we can do straight away is give every child at school a free school meal. Not only would this help the economy by taking pressure off squeezed working families, it would also boost achievement.
According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies “When all primary school pupils in Newham and Durham were offered free school meals, attainment levels rose. Pupils in these areas made between 4 and 8 weeks more progress over a two year period than similar pupils in other areas.”
Not only would the economy benefit, as the cash that would otherwise have gone to pay for meagre meals will get spent locally by families, giving local suppliers much needed and increased orders. It will also cut the record number of children who are arriving at school hungry. They would get the help they deserve.