Free breakfasts to form part of Labour plan to ‘poverty-proof’ schools

Labour is to promise free, healthy breakfasts for all primary-age children as part of a multibillion pound plan to “poverty-proof” England’s schools and boost educational standards. The Guardian reports.

The shadow education secretary, Angela Rayner, will on Thursday pledge to recruit 20,000 more teachers, cap secondary class sizes at 30, and spend £7bn on repairs and upgrades to England’s crumbling school buildings.

As well as expanding the provision of free breakfasts to all primary schools across England to help combat hunger, Labour would also pilot free breakfasts in secondary schools and introduce a new programme of “extended schools”, in the evenings and the summer holidays, to help all children to access activities such as sport.

Funding for the measures will come from the extra set aside for education in Labour’s manifesto – with the revenue raised through tax increases, including restoring corporation tax to 26%.

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Comments

  1. Anonymous

    ‘Free’ breakfasts have to be paid for by somebody. These politicians are welcome to spend their own money on feeding other people’s children but they only seem to know how to spend other people’s money.

  2. Anonymous

    How would this work for SEND students who attend special needs school and who arrive/depart on LA provided transport? This hasn’t been thought through and is simply an attempt to get headlines in the run up to the General Election 🙁

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