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Shadow Education Secretary Andy Burnham MP responding to the a WMS on the Education Endowment Fund announced today, said:

“It is disappointing to see provision of free school meals scaled back, when they can bring real benefits in improved health, concentration and behaviour.

“The extension of free school meals to low income working families, rather than just those on unemployment benefits, would have helped to ensure that work made them better off.

“In a time when the majority of schools are facing real terms cuts to their budgets, a top-down, bureaucratic competition for funding is the last thing they need.

“We support outstanding schools working with struggling schools, but are concerned about a lack of accountability in the process for distributing funding. We will watch closely to see whether the Education Endowment Fund delivers the results Michael Gove hopes for.”

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