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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.
Show the film and use the discussion prompts afterwards. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to download a copy of this film.
Why do you think the teachers feel it is so important for the pupils to eat breakfast?
What do you have for breakfast? If you don't eat breakfast - why do you not have any?
Would you like to get free breakfast at school? Why?
Why do you think this scheme was introduced?
What are the benefits of eating breakfast?
Do you think schools should provide free school meals? If so why?
Do you ever feel hungry in school? Do you think it affects your concentration levels?
What do you think the positive and negative points of the scheme are?
Do you think the recession is affecting the number of children who go to school without breakfast? Why?
Why do you think the council provides free breakfast for all students (regardless of their parents' income)?
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