To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding to support breakfast clubs in primary schools.
The department is investing up to £26 million in a breakfast club programme, using funds from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy revenues. This money will kick-start or improve breakfast clubs in over 1,700 schools. The focus of these clubs has been to target the most disadvantaged areas of the country – including the Department for Education’s Opportunity Areas – to help make sure every child gets the best start in life.
A contract was awarded to Family Action in March 2018 and will run until March 2020. Family Action, in partnership with Magic Breakfast, have been named as the leading charities responsible for running the breakfast club programme. Family Action are distributing the appropriate funding to participating schools who meet the eligibility criteria. In March 2019, Family Action indicated that by the start of the summer term, over 250,000 children would be benefiting from the programme.
The programme is available to primary schools, as well as secondary schools, special schools and pupil referral units that are eligible to take part. We monitor management information from the programme on an ongoing basis and will also review the effectiveness of the programme fully once the programme concludes.