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Free meals fill the attainment gap

Providing free school meals to every pupil can help close the attainment gap between rich and poor, according to a study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, NatCen Social Research and Bryson Purdon Social Research. In areas such as Newham and Durham, where a pilot was carried out to give primary pupils free meals, children made between four and eight weeks more progress over a two-year period than children in other areas.

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