School food: 'Our school banned packed lunches'
Head teachers in England are being urged to ban packed lunches to increase the take-up of school dinners and promote healthy eating.
A government-commissioned school food review by two founders of the Leon restaurant chain says take-up is low at 43% despite huge quality improvements.
The authors of the School Food Plan say packed lunches are nearly always less nutritious than a cooked meal.
Petchey Academy in Hackney, London, is one school which has already banned packed lunches in favour of what it says are healthier, more nutritious school meals.
12 Jul 2013