Education secretary Damian Hinds said: “A healthy breakfast can help fuel children’s concentration so they can get the most out of their school day.
“Children only get one chance at an education and they deserve the best, whatever their background. That is why we are giving more pupils in some of the country’s most disadvantaged areas the chance to go to a breakfast club.
“Paid for by the government’s soft drinks levy, this investment will help raise education standards further and will make sure young people have happy, healthy childhoods.”
The benefits of this are obvious and scientifically backed. Schools offering a breakfast to children that don’t receive one at home can experience several beneficial outcomes.
Such schools observe boosted levels of punctuality, as well as enhanced social development and pupils mixing between social groups. Pupils consuming a suitable morning meal results in higher levels of concentration, contributing significantly to attainment levels.
For a lot of schools, venturing into the realm of breakfast clubs is treading into unknown territory. The composition of breakfast clubs can differ greatly to that of procedures that exist within normal school operating hours and this can lead to confusions on where accountability lies.