"...the schools voucher scheme didn’t necessarily work for everybody. They couldn’t access vouchers. They’d turn up to the shops and stores to find there’s no credit on them and things like that. I don’t want to be too negative about it, but a lot of people were saying that it wasn’t functioning very well, the way it was set up."
The report makes a number of recommendations, including for school leaders to consider school food as a central part of the curriculum. A cash-first approach is advocated as good practice to ensure families can feed their children immediately. Author Dr Gurpinder Lalli is also planning to create a ‘school food toolkit’ to help school leaders ‘to consider school food policy more broadly’ and integrate food into the curriculum.
"The toolkit for me is more about encouraging schools to think creatively about how they embed these areas... It’s not just something that is a nice to have. It’s getting schools to really get under the skin of their whole operation"