Monday, July 6, 2009

Global think tank on school meals

I am off to Hull take part part in a global think tank organised by Prof Derek Colquhoun. Derek is an amazing man who led the Hull experiment to provide a healthy school meal free to every primary school child. Sadly this issue became a political football and when the political make up of the council changed the Lib Dems pulled the rug from under it.

The think tank will be focusing on the relationship between children’s health and learning. It will be an inter-disciplinary think tank involving people from a variety of disciplines (such as Physiology, Psychology, Education, Planning, Social Policy, Architecture etc) and backgrounds (such as academic, policy and practice). Not quite sure where I fit in! However am sure it will be a great opportunity to raise the role of parents and the sustainability of school meals. Am also keen to sound out people on valu of another campaign for free school meals.

I am really looking forward to visiting some schools and will be sure to take lots of photos.

Tomorrow will probably be big school dinner news day. The years uptake figures will be published so expect lots of miserable media stories saying how kids hate eating furit and vegetables and we need to give them back chips every day!

Chris from Merton Parents will be taking to the airwaves for a deabte on a BBC Birmingham radio station.


Joy said...

Good luck, I will be interested to hear how it goes.