A ponder over school dinners should offer food for thought

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Ah, school dinners. Big portions of pie and mash, hotpot or spam fritters, followed by a jam roly poly doused in custard. Right? Sadly, only if you’re living in the 1980s.

Lunchtime at school has come a long way from those days of culinary delight, writes Lisa Jarmin. Trays of home comforts were replaced with turkey twizzlers and spaghetti hoops in the 90s, until Jamie Oliver made every child’s nightmare a reality and banished them from the kitchen for good. Now, we serve “fresh and nutritious” food.

Reception and Year 1 pupils are entitled to the meals for free, and many older children do ...

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