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500 schools sign up for DfE breakfast scheme

£26m funding followed research showing the benefits of breakfast clubs

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£26m funding followed research showing the benefits of breakfast clubs

Five-hundred schools have signed up to a government-funded scheme that offers healthy breakfasts to children in disadvantaged areas.

The Department for Education announced up to £26 million for the National School Breakfast Programme in March, delivered by charity Family Action, in partnership with charity Magic Breakfast.

According to new figures released today, 15,000 breakfasts are currently being served every day to children.

Of the 500 schools that have signed up, more than 150 breakfast clubs are currently up and running.

The scheme is funded by the soft-drinks industry levy, and the government is encouraging more schools to provide breakfasts.

Carmel McConnell, founder of Magic Breakfast, said: “Schools tell us that the most important lessons are taught in the morning, so we are delighted that so many more children who may not have access to food at home can now eat a healthy breakfast at school to give them the energy and focus they need to be able to learn.”

Research published two years ago found that breakfast clubs lead to improvements in attainment, behaviour and concentration, and that even those who do not attend can benefit.

Minister for children and families, Nadhim Zahawi, said: “We want every child to have the best possible start in life, and that means getting the best possible start to their day.

"It’s fantastic to see the positive effect that new breakfast clubs are having right across the country – particularly in our most disadvantaged areas.”

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