Headteachers in Oxford have claimed a free lunches policy has caused them huge issues as the first year of the policy draws to a close.
School meals became free for all pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 in September under a scheme introduced by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition.
But as the end of the school year approaches, headteachers in some schools have said they have lost out on Pupil Premium funding, used to help disadvantaged pupils, due to fewer parents signing up.
Yup, it’s the Clegg’s madcap scheme again, which is still continuing to wreak havoc.
Oxfordshire County Council cabinet member for education Melinda Tilley said: “I thought it was the stupidest idea [the Government] had ever had and I still do.
“It’s a universal service that probably about 85 per cent of parents don’t need. They can provide their own children with lunch or packed lunches.
“It caused immense problems trying to renovate and improve kitchens and it cost a huge amount of money.”
Who is surprised? Anyone..? Bueller?
Headteacher Lynn Knapp said: “We had to make big adjustments to actually get the children through in a realistic amount of time but we have managed it and things have settled down.
“An awful lot of money is being invested in this. I always thought the money could be better spent on education around healthy lifestyles and teaching children to cook. ”
Ah, but then they wouldn’t grow up to be dependent little drones eager for their next ‘free’ handout from a benevolent Lib Dem government, would they?
Still, now a Conservative government is in the driving seat, perhaps it’s time to junk this crazy idea and…
Department for Education spokesman Mike Murphy-Pyle, said: “All infant pupils are now entitled to a nutritious, healthy free school meal, a move that gives them the fuel they need to concentrate inside and outside the classroom and establishes healthy eating habits for life, while saving parents up to £400 a year.”
He added: “There continues to be a very strong incentive for parents to sign up for pupil premium.
“We have also issued advice on best practice to schools.”
*sighs* So you’ve done nothing, and just continued with Clegg’s idea?
Mr Murphy-Pyle said that unclaimed money set aside for Pupil Premium would be distributed among schools, but not necessarily in line with the amounts each school was entitled to.
So it’s basically a socialist redistribution scheme?
/golfclap for Cameron, again…