We had a brilliant response to our special mission on school dinners. Over 1000 of you took part by filling in an online questionnaire in the spring term of 2014. These are the ways in which you think school dinners could be improved:
You want to choose what you eat, including a wider variety of food and sandwich fillings.
You'd also like to have the opportunity to taste new foods before they go on the school menu.
'Get children's opinion on food so they get something they like to eat' - 10 year old
'I would like it if the cooks were to make more food, ask children what they want and make different dishes instead of the same
thing all the time’ -11 year old
Some of you were pleased with your dinners but some weren't happy.
'The dinner ladies are really nice and I love the taste of the food’ - 10 year old
'They don't have much vegetarian options' - 11 year old
A third of you still feel hungry after school dinners. Some of you get seconds if you ask but lots of you don't; many of you think this is unfair.
‘Bigger portions available for bigger kids and more time given to eat’ - 11 year old
‘The size of the dinners are the same for year 1 to year 6’ - 10 year old
You hate queuing and you want more time to eat; you told us that being able to sit and talk with friends is extremely important.
'Make the line smaller and mix with people who have packed lunch’ - 8 year old
We will be sending a ‘menu for change’ (a menu of ideas on how schools can make dinner times better based on what you've said) to all schools' catering managers in each area. We will also be sending the menu for change and a letter to every school in Wales in the new year.