Free school breakfast clubs boost maths and literacy results

Nov 4, 2016 by

Breakfast clubs improved outcomes for pupils who didn’t even attend, through better classroom environments

Providing free breakfast clubs for primary schools in disadvantaged areas boosted maths and literacy results even among those pupils who didn’t attend, according to new research.

The findings suggest that government funding of universal free lunches for children in infant school in England may be more productive – and more cost-effective – if spent on breakfasts clubs instead.

Kevan Collins, chief executive of the Educational Endowment Foundation which supported the work, said: “The government has committed to spending £10m a year on healthy breakfast clubs, as part of their plan to tackle childhood obesity. They should consider using a free, universal and before-school model to benefit attainment as well.”

The work, evaluated by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, looked at free breakfasts provided at schools before the start of teaching, and found strong improvements in writing, reading and maths for pupils in year two, aged six and seven.

The research also found similar, but less prominent improvements in writing for pupils in year six, aged 10 and 11.

The findings were based on the results from 106 primary schools in disadvantaged regions, which offered children a choice of cereals, porridge and bagels.

Source: Free school breakfast clubs boost results, study finds | Education | The Guardian

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