Free School Meal Grant for Small Schools

MQT on 2016-02-22
Session date: 
February 22, 2016
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What support do you intend to provide to the small schools across London, many of which are special schools, following the announcement by the Department for Education that they are cutting their universal infant free school meals grant despite a taskforce having stressed the importance of this additional funding?


Answer for Free School Meal Grant for Small Schools

Answer for Free School Meal Grant for Small Schools

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have always been supportive of universal free school meals for 4-7 year olds as I believe there is sufficient evidence to suggest that free school meals could positively impact the health, well-being and academic attainment of children from all backgrounds. My commitment is reflected through the delivery of Food Flagships programme where the aim is to improve the food environment across two local authorities. An important element of this programme has been the implementation of the School Food Plan which aims to improve and increase the take-up of school meals through promotion and education.

My understanding is that the Government's free school meal grant for small schools was always intended to be temporary. I will however be providing a response to the Government's forthcoming consultation on reforms to the school funding formula.