ATL supports call for disadvantaged further education students to get free school meals
12 June 2012
Ahead of the debate about providing free school meals to disadvantaged 16-18 year olds attending further education colleges in the House of Commons tomorrow (13 June) Jill Stokoe, education policy adviser at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said:
"ATL calls on the Government to provide free school meals to all disadvantaged 16-18 year old students, and to treat all students fairly wherever they choose to study.
"It is appalling that further education students from poor families are going hungry because the government will not provide free lunches for them. Further education students are being particularly hard hit by government cuts, with many having to go without lunch to be able to pay their fares to college because they are being denied subsidised transport, many have lost their educational maintenance allowance, and getting the 16-19 bursary fund is a postcode lottery. It is grossly unfair that these students would receive free lunches if they had stayed in a state-funded sixth form, an academy, a free school or a university technical college, but are denied them if they choose to go to an FE college."
Notes to editors
The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) is an independent, registered trade union and professional association, representing approximately 170,000 teachers, headteachers, lecturers and support staff in maintained and independent nurseries, schools, sixth form, tertiary and further education colleges in the United Kingdom.
ATL exists to help members, as their careers develop, through first rate research, advice, information and legal advice.
ATL is affiliated to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU), European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) and Education International (EI). ATL is not affiliated to any political party and seeks to work constructively with all the main political parties.