Emma Roberts says star is an inspiration to pupils at Button Lane primary and hails his efforts on free school meals

To the headteacher of Marcus Rashford’s old primary school – where, not much more than a decade ago, he received the lifeline of free school meals himself – the furore over meagre food parcels this week came as little surprise.

She had considered giving the hampers to nearly 300 pupils in her care, but swiftly decided against it. Instead, Emma Roberts’ school opted to give parents vouchers and the “freedom of choice” that comes with them. “It wasn’t for us to say what families should, and will want, to eat,” Roberts said.

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