Magazine Archive

As we embark on a new year and a new decade, it is becoming quickly apparent that the school sector has numerous challenges to face – especially when it comes to issues surrounding food poverty. From breakfast to breaktime, lunchtime to dinner, food plays a vital part of a child’s development, and yet there are thousands of children missing out on these important meals every day. To help try and combat these issues, the government has pledged funding towards providing breakfast for primary school children. In addition to this news, the Welsh government is looking to extend this breakfast offering to secondary school pupils, as Jane Renton discusses on page 16. The importance of breakfast – and the impact that it has on pupils’ behaviour – is one that is being continually highlighted by teachers around the UK. I was fortunate enough to interview Nathan Atkinson (a headteacher from Leeds) who has seen first-hand the impact that food poverty has on pupils. There is a lot to learn about the cycle of food insecurity, as Nathan discusses in the article (see page 13 for more), and there are some interesting ways that all schools can incorporate food education into the curriculum to help combat this seemingly recurring problem. It isn’t, however, just mainland UK where food poverty is a growing concern. As Hannah Skelton shares in her article on page 36, the island of Jersey also has its fair share of problems tackling food insecurities. Alongside the campaign to ensure that children have enough food to eat, there is also the continuing effort to encourage more children to cook. On page 48, Nicola Proud looks at some fun ways to inspire young children to get cooking – and to get the whole school involved in the process!