Extend free school meals to further education, say teachers

Teachers at the ATL conference have called for an end to a funding anomaly that sees students in England’s further education colleges unable to claim for free school meals. This is from the BBC…

Poor college pupils cannot receive free meals, but school sixth-formers can.

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) said teenagers were not “sweet-stuffing Billy Bunters scoffing taxpayers’ puddings”.

It warned that many students were living in poverty, even relying on food parcels for meals.

At its annual conference in Liverpool, ATL delegates voted in favour of a motion to lobby government to end the free school meals (FSM) funding anomaly.

Proposing the motion, Richard Salter, from Somerset, said students at further education (FE) and sixth-form colleges were being discriminated against.

“The student in an FE college is treated differently, not by their peers, not by their teachers, but by their government,” he said.

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