- Restaurateurs say school dinners healthier than typical packed lunch
- Report for government says headteachers must police what pupils eat
- Children should be barred from leaving school site to buy junk food
TRADERS selling junk food and fizzy drinks should be banned from outside all city schools, councillors have claimed.
A consultation is to be launched on preventing chip vans and sweet sellers pulling up outside Schools.
It comes after head teachers raised concerns with the city council about students spending their dinner money on unhealthy snacks.
Free school lunches should be made available to all primary school pupils, a government-commissioned report has recommended.
Providing well-balanced, nutritious meals would not only improve children’s health but also drive up standards in classrooms, it concluded.
The review, by Leon restaurant chain founders Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent, also called for headteachers to ban or discourage packed lunches.
Just 1 per cent of packed lunches were found to be as nutritious as school meals. Many lunchboxes contained crisps, chocolate and sweets.
Other recommendations include speeding up lunch queues and getting rid of ‘prison-style’ trays with separate compartments.
The current free school meals scheme for underprivileged children in England costs £428million every year. Extending it to all pupils up to the age of 11 would cost £1billion; the entire education budget is £57.2billion.
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