SNP an­nounce plans for break­fast clubs

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - Ni­cola Findlay

Plans have been an­nounced for a new ini­tia­tive which would see free break­fast clubs in­tro­duced in pri­mary schools across East Kil­bride and Avon­dale.

South La­nark­shire SNP have an­nounced pro­pos­als to in­tro­duce free break­fast clubs and pilot hol­i­day lunch clubs across the coun­cil area in this year’s bud­get.

The pro­posal will al­low a pro­gramme to be de­vel­oped through pi­lot­ing im­ple­men­ta­tion in a num­ber of schools, with the in­ten­tion of rollingout uni­ver­sal, free pro­vi­sions across all pri­mary schools in the coun­cil area.

The pro­gramme would also in­clude a range of ac­tiv­i­ties de­signed to en­cour­age chil­dren to be ac­tive dur­ing the sum­mer pe­riod.

Chair of ed­u­ca­tion, Katy Loudon, said: “En­sur­ing a child en­joys a healthy break­fast can lead to im­proved learn­ing and at­ten­dance, giv­ing pupils – no mat­ter their back­ground – bet­ter op­por­tu­ni­ties to achieve.

“Work­ing to­wards ed­u­ca­tional ex­cel­lence for all and clos­ing the gap in at­tain­ment be­tween young peo­ple from our most and least de­prived com­mu­ni­ties is a defin­ing mis­sion of the SNP.

“We will there­fore bring for­ward a bud­get that in­tro­duces free break­fast clubs in South La­nark­shire’s pri­mary schools over the com­ing year.

“We also recog­nise that ex­ist­ing ar­range­ments are in place at some schools and will work with or­gan­i­sa­tions and com­mu­ni­ties to en­sure that our pro­pos­als sup­port their ex­ist­ing ef­forts.

“To com­ple­ment this pro­posal, the SNP will also ask coun­cil­lors from all par­ties to back our am­bi­tious plans to in­tro­duce hol­i­day lunch clubs in our most de­prived com­mu­ni­ties.

“As well as giv­ing pupils the op­por­tu­nity to ac­cess nu­tri­tious meals when free school meals are not avail­able, the clubs will pro­vide a range of en­gag­ing ac­tiv­i­ties to keep our young peo­ple fit.”

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