In UK a study by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) reported that it is not just eating breakfast that helps to improve results, but actually attending a club. Breakfast clubs can boost primary school pupils’ results in reading, writing and maths by two months progress, a study shows.
A trial of giving a free meal to pupils before school at 106 primary schools with higher than average numbers of disadvantaged youngsters also saw better concentration and behaviour.
Research published by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) says breakfast clubs could be an opportunity to improve results for all children.
It also reported that it is not just eating breakfast that helps to improve results, but actually attending a club.
Sir Kevan Collins, chief executive of the EEF, said: “The fact that there are children that will go to school hungry today is a national scandal.
“Offering free breakfasts at school is a relatively cheap and straightforward way of alleviating this symptom of disadvantage. Many schools across the country already offer some sort of breakfast provision.
“That’s why the findings from today’s evaluation report are so encouraging. Not only does a good breakfast provide all young people with a nutritious start to the day, but well-run breakfast clubs have the potential to boost attainment and behaviour too.
“The Government has committed to spending £10m a year on healthy breakfast clubs, as part of their plan to tackle childhood obesity. They, and school leaders more generally, should consider using a free, universal and before-school model to benefit attainment as well.”