School Meals Are Poor Quality, Say Most Parents

By Russell, Vivienne | Public Finance, March 17, 2006 | Go to article overview

School Meals Are Poor Quality, Say Most Parents


Russell, Vivienne, Public Finance


Parents have a poor opinion of the quality of school meals, according to a survey from the education inspectorate.

Although more than half of the parents surveyed by Ofsted said the quality of their own children's school meals were good, this figure dropped to 19% when the same parents were asked for their opinion of school meals nationally.

When the views of parents whose children do not eat school meals were taken into account, only one third of parents thought the quality of food provided in their child's school was good, dropping to 13% when asked for their view of the national picture.

A separate Ofsted report, published on March 14, that examined the quality of school meals found that standards were improving in a minority of schools, with primaries making faster progress than secondaries. …

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