Free school breakfast clubs boost maths and literacy results, study finds

Providing free breakfast clubs for primary schools in disadvantaged areas boosted maths and literacy results even among those pupils who didn’t attend, according to new research.

The findings suggest that government funding of universal free lunches for school children in infant school in England may be more productive – and more cost-effective – if spent on breakfasts clubs instead.

Kevan Collins, chief executive of the Educational Endowment Foundation which supported the work, said: “The government has committed to spending £10m a year on healthy breakfast clubs, as part of their plan to tackle childhood obesity. They should consider using a free, universal and before-school model to benefit attainment as well.” Read more