Middlemarch, the DFE proposal is, indeed, ludicrous. Even the cunning plan to save money by sacking lunchtime supervisers wouldn't come anywhere close to the funding required. Many small primaries don't have full kitchens, they rely on the kitchen of a local large secondary to prepare the meals, which they then just heat up. The secondary school kitchen could find itself preparing upwards of 2000 schools meals a day. How on earth could you provide well-balanced, nutritious meals on that scale? Perhaps the DFE could rig in the kitchens of nearby hospitals too; most of us are only too aware of the reputation that hospital food has in improving patient outcomes, despite the interference of many a celebrity chef.