16 Sep '14

News Free school meals: are the right children getting served?

A Lib Dem MP and an author of the pilot evaluation are among the latest to question Nick Clegg's claims for the policy's educational benefitsAt St Mary Redcliffe primary school in Bristol, headteacher Emma Payne is on lunch duty. She's got a new kitchen extension, a load of shiny cooking kit the oven cost £6,000, she whispers and is supervising children choosing from chicken stew, baked potatoes and ratatouille, or tuna and vegetable wraps.It has not been a smooth ride. A single project manager at the council was responsible for 60 kitchen refurbishments so was rarely able to oversee the build. This meant her site manager, Chris Parkes, had to come in at weekends over the summer to coordinate five different contractors. Fortunately, given some hiccups along the way including a defrosting fridge destroying the kitchen floor, Parkes is a calm man. "It'll be nice when it's finished," he says with a twinkle. Continue reading...

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