Cookies

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Otherwise, we'll assume you're OK to continue.


Durham Research Online
You are in:

The Milk in Schools Scheme, 1934-45 : 'nationalization' and resistance.

Atkins, P.J. (2005) 'The Milk in Schools Scheme, 1934-45 : 'nationalization' and resistance.', History of education., 34 (1). pp. 1-21.

Abstract

In October 1934 the National Government took over what had previously been a commercial initiative to encourage milk‐drinking in schools. By the outbreak of war the Milk in Schools Scheme had reached 87 per cent of elementary schools in England and Wales and 56 per cent of pupils were drinking one‐third of a pint daily. This paper investigates the motivations behind this scheme and the problems associated with its implementation. There was resistance from within government and a number of objections were raised around the country, particularly to the strategy of the Board of Education. The conclusions are, first, that the economic necessity of providing a market for liquid milk was more important in the mind of policy‐makers than nutritional supplements for undernourished children and, second, that the evolution of the policy itself was highly contingent upon the network of power and influence within which it operated. In 1933 it would have been difficult to predict with any degree of certainty how a Milk in Schools Scheme would have operated, but in time it was to become one of the government’s most robust and universally supported food policies.

Item Type:Article
Full text:PDF - Published Version (319Kb)
Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0046760042000315291
Publisher statement:This is an electronic version of an article published in Atkins, P.J. (2005) 'The Milk in Schools Scheme, 1934-45 : 'nationalization' and resistance.', History of education., 34 (1). pp. 1-21. History of education is available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=0046-760X&volume=34&issue=1&spage=1
Record Created:28 Nov 2012 13:35
Last Modified:29 Nov 2012 14:34

Social bookmarking: del.icio.usConnoteaBibSonomyCiteULikeFacebookTwitterExport: EndNote, Zotero | BibTex
Usage statisticsLook up in GoogleScholar | Find in a UK Library