Free school meals for infants pledged by Nick Clegg
Five- to seven-year-olds in England to get lunches worth over £400 a year, Lib Dem leader will tell party conference
The plan, written by the Leon restaurant founders, Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent, cited research finding that free school meals had educational benefits in addition to nutritional advantages.
The authors cited a pilot study in three boroughs – Durham, Newham, and Wolverhampton – under the last government, which found academic benefits that outstripped those from the introduction of the literacy hour, in 1998.
Dimbleby and Vincent wrote: "Academically, the benefits were clear. Students in the pilot areas were on average two months ahead of their peers elsewhere.
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