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Script to introduce the film

Blackpool is a seaside town in the UK. It is one of the most disadvantaged areas in the country.

In this film BBC News reporter Reeta Chakrabarti reports that 12,000 primary school pupils in Blackpool have started receiving free breakfast.

All of the pupils get free breakfast regardless of how much money their family makes.

The scheme came about after teachers said that too many children came to school without having eaten.

Blackpool's trial follows a similar scheme begun in Wales in 2004

Show the film and use the discussion prompts afterwards.

Do you eat breakfast at home? Why? why not?

If you eat breakfast, what do you have?

Would you like to get free breakfast at school? Why?

Why do you think the teachers and council thought it would be a good idea to give the pupils free breakfast?

How important do you think eating breakfast is? Do you think it helps you to concentrate?

Do you think schools should provide free school meals? If so, why?

Do you ever feel hungry in school? If so, when?

Can you think of any good or bad points about the scheme? If so, what are they?

Why do you think they give everyone a free school breakfast (regardless of if they have enough money or not)? Do you think this is a good idea?

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