The benefits of school milk

10th December 2004 at 00:00
It's an irresistible thought in election year: bring back free school milk.

That daily third of a pint for primary pupils - half-frozen or greasily lukewarm, depending on the weather - has such a hold on the national imagination that the "Maggie Thatcher milk-snatcher" jibe is still repeated 33 years after she removed it from over-sevens. (Who remembers that Labour abolished secondary school milk, and that Mrs Thatcher was acting under orders from the Prime Minister, Ted Heath?) Those who remember drinking the stuff may have mixed feelings about its return, but it must be good to provide a nutritious, unsweetened drink for growing children. A joined-up government would also raise the nutritional standards of school dinners and ban vending machines in secondaries (whose caffeine-packed drinks remove calcium from young bones). All together now:

"Tony Blair: does he care?"

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now