The Institute for Fiscal Studies is to carry out a year-long study into the impact of free school breakfasts on children’s academic progress.

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Funded by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and the Department for Education, the project will involve 36,000 pupils in 200 primary schools across the country, recruited by Magic Breakfast.

Researchers will compare the impact of clubs where children, regardless of income, get a free breakfast, to clubs where only pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) get breakfast for free. Pupils that aren’t given a free breakfast will have the option to pay for one.

They will also examine whether there is a difference in attainment between breakfast clubs that operate before school and those held during school hours to determine the impact of extending the school day. Read full article…

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