Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

From the Forums: Letters

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

From the Forums: Letters

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Girl banned from photographing school dinners

Nine-year-old Martha Payne's blog NeverSeconds, in which she reviewed and photographed her school dinners, received international attention when it was banned, then swiftly unbanned, by Argyll and Bute Council.

She seems bright and articulate and lots of kids make detailed diary entries about their everyday habits. The meals look a bit small and the fruit and veg are as always an afterthought, but if it's anything like our school most of the green stuff goes in the bin.


My gut reaction was that the council was foolish but on further consideration...many councils have policies about the taking of photographs - I expect Argyll and Bute do and that led to the ban, not the fear of "exposure" of poor food. However, the fact that she has raised a considerable amount for charity is commendable.


I loved my school dinners. They were a bit stodgy but they were freshly cooked on the premises. Some of the puddings were epic. It all went downhill when they junked proper kitchens. Martha's blog is terrific. The posts from followers around the world of their dinners add another dimension. …

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