Saturday, 30 July 2016

Children punished for non-payment of school meals

"A headteacher who made her name at a Tory party conference by claiming Britain's education was 'broken' is forcing children to eat by themselves and restricting food as a punishment for their parents failing to pay for school lunches."

"Katharine Birbalsingh, a favourite of former education secretary Michael Gove, is imposing 'lunch isolation' on pupils whose parents are behind on payments."

"Children who are put in lunch isolation are given a sandwich and piece of fruit instead of their usual hot meal with dessert, and made to sit on their own for the whole lunch hour."

"Critics called the measure at Michaela community school, a secondary free school in Wembley, north London, 'stigmatising'."

"But Miss Birbalsingh said it was an attempt to encourage parents to 'change their ways' and support their children."

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