Y'see what Labour did was make a rule that funding should follow disadvantage.
So if a school had a high rate of FSM the school got extra funding. Because if you are in an area with a lot of poor people you probably have a lot of people who are borderline, so restricting free breakfasts to FSM doesn't touch the people who just miss out on FSM or, more importantly, parents who for one reason or another don't apply.
All schools really have a duty to get as many pupils as possible on FSM.
I completely agree Malcolm but if the parents shy away from discussing it with the school then the Head just has to back off.
Also parents with chaotic lives and fluid circumstances.
A strange thing about the breakfast club, when every primary child in Durham received FSM for 2 years his school charged everyone who used breakfast club (about 30p a day I think) and it was very popular. Numbers dropped off when the FSM pilot ended, even though he let parents know that he wouldn't charge them if their child went onto means-tested FSM. Perhaps the parents who are borderline or 'to proud' to apply found that the £1.50 p.w breakfast club fee had to go towards the £7.50 p.w. lunch money fee.
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