Improvements in attendance and punctuality follow naturally from a successful breakfast provision, and research from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) confirms what schools have always told us: that breakfast provision results in reduced low level classroom disruption, as well as changes in individual children, who are better able to concentrate and focus.
The EEF research also demonstrated that KS1 children in primary schools with Magic Breakfast provisions experienced up to 2 months’ additional progress over a year, compared to children in schools without a breakfast provision.
Breakfast provides a ‘settling in’ period that gives children time and space; pastoral staff tell us how they often pick up issues with individual children that can be sorted out before it disrupts learning time. It’s also a time that children can get chatting out of the way before school starts, and socialise with different year groups.
Add on the well-established long-term health benefits of eating the right kind of breakfast, and the additional advantages that result from activities and interventions, the development of social and independence skills, and it becomes clear why so many schools become so passionate about their breakfast provision.