Minister’s shock over schools not providing free water

The children and families minister has said he is shocked that some school pupils do not have access to free drinking water. Tes reports.

Nadhim Zahawi has urged heads to ensure children have access to free water and that free school meals pupils do not feel stigmatised in a letter sent to schools today.

The letter highlights these concerns in response to the findings of the Children’s Future Food Inquiry

In his letter, he said: “I was shocked to hear some young people report that they do not have access to free drinking water at school and often have to buy a bottle of water.

“Schools are legally obliged to provide access at all times to free drinking water on the school premises.”

He also urged schools to do more to avoid any stigma being associated with free school meals.

He said: “No child should feel stigmatised because they are entitled to free school meals. I know that many schools use cashless systems and other methods to ensure that children who are eligible for free school meals are not identified separately.

“However, I would encourage you to consider whether there is more that can be done, including ensuring that there is no limit on the choice available to free school meal pupils.”

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