The UK Government has announced a boost to breakfast provision in schools that will be funded through the soft drinks industry levy. Targeting the most disadvantaged areas of the country – including the Department for Education’s 12 Opportunity Areas – the funding will benefit over 1,770 schools to help make sure every child gets the best start in life. A share of £72 million will help create opportunities and raise education standards in parts of the country where children and young people face greater challenges.
The funding will support Breakfast Clubs in schools that will be run by two charities, Magic Breakfast and Family Action. The new clubs will focus on areas of disadvantage and are due to start in Spring 2018. As part of the funding, experts at the two charities will also look at how they can encourage more children to attend these programmes and improve collaboration and sharing of best practice across schools.