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Free School Meals

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

25. To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent assessment he has made of levels of educational achievement of pupils eligible to receive free school meals. (250632)

The attainment of children eligible to receive free school meals has improved substantially in each of the last five years. That improvement is faster than for the cohort as a whole, so the gap is narrowing between the proportion of such children who achieve nationally expected levels including both English and mathematics, and the proportion for the rest of the cohort. In the Children’s Plan and the recent New Opportunities White Paper the Government have committed themselves to further actions to improve attainment for such children.