Free meals at schools welcomed by local MP

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On the first day of term all reception, year one and two primary school children across the country will be doing exactly the same thing, benefiting from a free school meal.

From day one of the new term 15,829 children in East Sussex are to benefit from free school meals, saving families more than £400 a year per child.

A pilot scheme found children on average to be two months ahead of their peers in areas where school meals were not offered. There was also progress in the number of children who hit target levels in Maths and English at Key Stage One.

MP Norman Baker said, “Access to a free school dinner brings many benefits to children as well as helping to save families money. I also welcome the social benefits of getting groups of friends sat together for lunch. Eating with friends is so important and I want it to become something youngsters look forward to each day.”

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