The National School Breakfast Programme (NSBP), funded by the Department for Education and delivered by Family Action, has reached its recruitment goal of 2500 participating schools.
The NSBP, in its current form, launched in 2021 and provides hundreds of thousands of children across England with a healthy and nutritious breakfast at the start of the school day.
Family Action’s Chief Executive, David Holmes CBE, said: “We are pleased to have reached the milestone of 2,500 schools participating in the National School Breakfast Programme. The NSBP is now the largest it has ever been and is feeding more children than ever before, at the start of the school day.
“Family Action is proud to run the NSBP and is committed to supporting children in disadvantaged areas, by providing them with a healthy school breakfast at the beginning of the school day, to help set them up to succeed. “
Since joining the NSBP, schools have already seen the benefits of providing breakfast, for children, including improvements in attendance, behaviour and well-being.
One of the schools benefitting from the programme is Wyndham Spencer Academy, a primary school in Derby who are providing breakfast to over 400 pupils a day.
“Working in partnership with the National School Breakfast Programme has been, and continues to be, incredible. Providing a breakfast bagel every morning for our children and pupils from Nursery to Year 6 ensures all children have food and are ready to embrace the day.”
Kirsty Whiting, Principal at Wyndham Spencer Academy, said: “We all recognise the importance that having breakfast can have upon the brain and body, At Wyndham, we also know that many of our children have the potential to come to school without having breakfast.
“Working in partnership with the National School Breakfast Programme has been, and continues to be, incredible. Providing a breakfast bagel every morning for our children and pupils from Nursery to Year 6 ensures all children have food and are ready to embrace the day and make the most of every moment. Thank you!”
Minister for Children, Families and Wellbeing, Claire Coutinho MP said “It’s fantastic to see that hundreds of thousands of children are starting their day through our National Breakfast Club Programme supporting their concentration and wellbeing”
Mr Martin, Year 3 Teacher at Wyndham Spencer Academy, concludes: “We have noticed the positive impact on the children having bagels when they arrive at school. It helps them settle straight away and engagement in learning is high, in particular with children who are pupil premium. The children love the bagels!”
The National School Breakfast Programme is now full, but any schools still wishing to be part of the programme can submit an expression of interest with the National School Breakfast Programme and they will be added to our waiting list should places become available in the near future.