- 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
A “magic” breakfast is designed to give children energy, protein, vitamins and minerals, is low in sugar, salt and fat and complies with the Government’s school food standards.
In England, schools in disadvantaged areas are qualified to apply. In Scotland, Primary Schools where 55% (or above) of pupils are in SIMD Decile 1 and 2 and/or 35% (or above) and are eligible for Free School Meals qualify for Magic Breakfast support. A Secondary School qualifies for support when 40% (or above) pupils are in SIMD Decile 1 and 2.
Schools are offered a start-up grant of up to £500 for essential resources to start or expand breakfast and either:
Free food delivered to their door until March 2020 (weekly or fortnightly), comprising as much healthy cereal, porridge and bagels as they need to reach all children at risk of hunger at the start of the school day.
Grants to subsidise up to 30 additional free places in an existing breakfast provision.
All interested schools should complete an expression of interest form initially. A waiting list system is in operation where funds are not immediately available. Whilst not yet available in Wales and Northern Ireland, schools in these areas can still submit an expression of interest.
Schools in Scotland and Wales
A Primary School in Scotland qualifies for Magic Breakfast support when 55% (or above) pupils are in SIMD Decile 1 and 2 and/or 35% (or above) are eligible for FSM. A Secondary School qualifies for support when 40% (or above) pupils are in SIMD Decile 1 and 2.
Magic Breakfast are researching the case for expanding to Northern Ireland and Wales so welcome applications from all UK schools in areas of disadvantage who have pupils at risk of hunger in the morning and for whom pupil hunger acts as a barrier to teaching.