School Meals

Department for Education written question – answered on 23rd April 2018.

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Photo of Frank Field Frank Field Chair, Work and Pensions Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what his Department's policy is on schools requiring children to eat a lunchtime meal in a separate room as a result of their parents being unable to pay a minimum advance payment to cover meals.

Photo of Frank Field Frank Field Chair, Work and Pensions Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what his Department's policy is on schools charging pupils for hot water used to prepare food they have brought from home.

Photo of Nadhim Zahawi Nadhim Zahawi The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Schools should not charge for hot water, and should definitely not segregate pupils whose parents were unable to pay for their school meals.

By law, local authorities are required to provide facilities for pupils who bring their own lunch and/or drink at maintained schools, however it is ultimately for schools to set their own packed lunch policies. Schools are expected to be reasonable in the policies that they choose to adopt and the department expects schools to consider pupils’ medical, dietary and cultural needs accordingly.

Schools are obliged to provide meals where a child is eligible for free school meals (FSM). Where a child is not eligible for FSM, parents are expected to cover the cost of any meal.

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