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PARENTS WANT SCHOOLS TO GIVE BREAKFAST

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A survey commissioned by the Local Authority Caterers' Association has found that parents want schools to provide t...
A survey commissioned by the Local Authority Caterers' Association has found that parents want schools to provide their children with dinner and breakfast as well as lunch.

The Independent (p10) reports that the survey, which marks the start of School Meals Week, shows that some parents expect to rely completely on schools for everything from feeding their children to teaching them disicpline.

Nearly four in 10 parents would like the option of breakfast at school and one in five would like children to remain there for an evening meal. A small number of schools already provide breakfast.

Children are even more enthusiastic than their parents about the idea of breakfast at school - 44% are in favour - and more than one in three would like an evening meal.

A quarter of the 1,000 parents surveyed say they already rely on schools to provide their children with a balanced diet.

Even more expect the schools to take sole responsiblity for teaching children about discipline and social skills.

But Nigel de Gruchy, general secretary of the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers, said: 'The more schools take over parents' roles, the more they will leave it to us. It is disastrous road to go down and an abdication of responsiblity by parents. Teachers need a proper partnership with parents.'

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