Funding from central government is available now to set up or improve breakfast provision, via the new National School Breakfast Programme, in over 1,770 schools in disadvantaged areas of England.
The Department for Education’s National School Breakfast Programme (NSBP) is being delivered by Magic Breakfast and Family Action, who are recruiting schools now which either have no existing breakfast provision, or breakfast provision where there is scope for improvement (according to specific criteria).
Most schools that sign up to the National School Breakfast Programme will receive as much free, healthy breakfast food, delivered straight to the door, as is needed to feed every child at risk of hunger in those schools. In addition to resources and best practice events, a dedicated member of the NSBP team will be available to support each school and a £500 start-up grant will be available to buy necessary equipment such as toasters or a freezer.
Healthy school breakfasts benefit pupils by improving their concentration, behaviour, attendance, punctuality and educational attainment. Research funded by the Education Endowment Foundation found that Year 2 pupils in schools providing a free, nutritious breakfast, boosted their reading, writing and maths by an average of 2 months’ progress per year, compared to pupils in schools with no such breakfast provision.