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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 Year 2 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 has so far supported over 1,800 schools in disadvantaged communities across England to improve access to healthy breakfasts and learning.

The Programme aims to:

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

Revised programme

From Spring 2020, a revised programme will be offered to up to 650 schools not already benefiting from the NSBP, within key disadvantaged communities, including the Department for Education’s 12 opportunity areas. Schools 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.

View a Case Study, highlighting the experiences of one school who has taken 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 and email the completed form to nsbp@family-action.org.uk. 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 or read more about what’s been going on with the service over on our blog here.

Our Impact

To celebrate the first year of the National School Breakfast Programme we are delighted to have launched our Year 1 Progress Report: Food for Thought. The report demonstrates the positive impact that providing a free healthy breakfast at school is having on over 280,000 children to date, as well as how the programme is working to bridge the attainment gap.

Food for Thought Progress Report 2019

Winner of the 2019 Third Sector Awards, Charity Partnership of the Year