Posts Tagged “free school meals”

Highest ever rate of applications to university from poorer students new UCAS figures show

by Stephen Tall on July 25, 2014

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) has just published the latest figures of students applying to university this year according to free school meal status. What they show is that a higher proportion of pupils from low-income backgrounds are (…)

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Laws: “99% of schools now have a plan in place to deliver universal free school meals in September”

by Stephen Tall on July 14, 2014

I’ll be honest. If I had the choice over where to direct £500 million a year of taxpayers’ money, universal free school meals for infants would not be top of my priority list. That said, the sheer desperation of right-wing newspapers like the Daily Mail for the policy to fail just to spite Nick Clegg […]

Poll of school leaders and governors: Don’t like Coalition’s education policies – BUT do like Lib Dem Pupil Premium and infant free school meals

by Stephen Tall on June 27, 2014

A couple of findings worth highlighting from a major survey of more than 2,000 school leaders and governors, commissioned by The Key, and carried out by polling firm Ipsos Mori. It probably won’t come as a surprise to discover that the Coalition’s performance on education is viewed unfavourably: three-quarters of school leaders (75%) are dissatisfied […]

5 tables showing the best and worst places to go to school if you’re eligible for free school meals

by Stephen Tall on February 5, 2014

I’ve taken a quick look at the data of how pupils did in their GCSEs according to where they live by local authority. In particular I wanted to find out how about how pupils eligible for free school meals (broadly (…)

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Free school lunches for infants: 60% of Lib Dems back Nick Clegg’s policy

by Stephen Tall on February 3, 2014

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum  to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. Some 750 party members responded – thank you – and we’ve been publishing the full results. (There were a couple of results I ran out of time […]

Marriage tax breaks: Lib Dem members oppose Conservative plans by 62% to 22%

by Stephen Tall on January 26, 2014

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. Some 750 party members responded – thank you – and we’ve been publishing the full results. (There were a couple of results I ran out of time to […]

Free school meals for infants – the controversy over Nick Clegg’s pledge rumbles on

by Stephen Tall on November 24, 2013

I wrote yesterday about Sir Nick Harvey’s forecast that the next election is Labour’s to lose. But there was another issue he focused on in his Huffngton Post interview – Nick Clegg’s conference pledge that all 5-7 year-olds should have free school meals, regardless of their family’s income status. “It was absolutely astonishing. It came […]

Clegg: “Every primary school pupil should be able to sit down to a hot, healthy lunch with their classmates every day”

by Stephen Tall on September 17, 2013

Nick Clegg’s speech to the Lib Dem conference on Wednesday will contain one new, significant policy announcement: all pupils at infant schools in England are to get free school lunches from next September. In addition, disadvantaged students at sixth form colleges and further education colleges in England will also be eligible for free school meals […]