National School Breakfast Programme

Department for Education written question – answered on 15th September 2021.

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Photo of Kate Green Kate Green Shadow Secretary of State for Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to (a) monitor and (b) publish data on (i) average food orders by schools supported through the National School Breakfast Programme this academic year, and (ii) the average percentage of students on roll that take up the offer of breakfast provision this academic year.

Photo of Vicky Ford Vicky Ford The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The government is committed to continuing support for school breakfast clubs and we are further investing up to £24 million to continue our national programme for the next two years. This funding will support around 2,500 schools in disadvantaged areas, meaning that thousands of children from low-income families will be offered free nutritious breakfasts to better support their attainment, wellbeing and readiness to learn.

The focus of the programme is to target the most disadvantaged areas of the country, including the Department for Education’s Opportunity Areas. Throughout the contract we will be working with our provider, Family Action, to monitor different aspects of the programme including the food ordering from schools, participation rates among children, and the benefits the programme is having on pupils who are attending. We will consider the best opportunities to share information on the programme as it progresses.

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