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At least half a million children in the UK arrive at school each day too hungry to learn. Research has shown a direct link between the breakfast habits of children and their educational attainment, with children in primary schools where breakfast is provided achieving on average up to two months’ additional academic progress over the course of a year.

Our exciting National School Breakfast Programme, in partnership with Magic Breakfast and funded by the Department for Education, is working to support 1775 schools in disadvantaged communities across the country to improve access to healthy breakfasts and learning.

The service aims to:

  • Ensure more children receive a healthy breakfast at the start of their day.
  • Improve educational outcomes of disadvantaged young people
  • Share best practices across schools and encourage innovative approaches to school breakfast provision.

How it works

The programme will operate in 1775 schools within key disadvantaged communities, including the 12 opportunity areas. Schools benefiting from the programme will be offered customised support according to their situation and needs, including start up grants and deliveries of healthy food to ensure every child who needs a breakfast receives one.

All schools will receive advice and support from one of the programme’s school partners to help them develop new and effective ways of improving breakfast provision and maximise the number of children reached.

Download a Case Study, highlighting the experiences of one school taking part in the programme.

How to access the service

If your school would like to explore the benefit of removing the hunger barrier to learning for all your pupils, please complete an Expression of interest form. We will check your eligibility for the DfE-funded programme, and follow up with you as soon as possible.

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Find out more

Download a flyer and PowerPoint slide about the National School Breakfast Programme.

Read a press release about the programme.