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Delight On Announcement FE Students Eligible To Receive Free Meals From 2014

Fri, 2002-06-07 01:00

East Durham College is delighted by the news that the government will extend free school meals to disadvantaged students in further education and sixth form colleges from September 2014.

The news came following a massive campaign by the AoC and FE colleges across England.

Eligible students, aged 16-18, currently only receive free school meals if they attend a school sixth form but Tuesday’s announcement by Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat Leader, heralds the end to this disparity affecting a large number of students choosing to study at a further education or sixth form college.

Principal Suzanne Duncan said: “This is fantastic news for students in further education and I am delighted that students here at East Durham College will benefit from this announcement.”

Figures from Durham County Council's Performance and Data department show in January 2013 17.4% of Year 11 students in County Durham were eligible for free school meals, with this figure increasing to 22.6% for schools in East Durham.

Mrs Duncan added: “This change will benefit hundreds of our students and their families.”

“As educationalists we know the tremendous benefits of good nutrition in helping young people to learn more effectively. We look forward to seeing the finer details about the funding arrangements in the Autumn Statement.

“The staff, students and governors of East Durham College would like to congratulate everyone concerned with the No Free Lunch? campaign, including the support of Grahame Morris, M.P. for helping to bring about this success.”