A fifth of school breakfast clubs fail to reach all needy pupils

And schools are unable to afford to employ additional staff to cover the clubs, a study finds.

 

Breakfast clubs in a fifth of schools are failing to attract all the pupils who would benefit from attending them, government research has revealed.

 

And schools are unable to afford to employ additional staff to cover the clubs. Instead, they are being forced to change the hours on teaching assistants’ existing contracts.

 

Department for Education programme set up and ran breakfast clubs in schools with more than 35 per cent of their pupils eligible for free school meals.

 

An evaluation, published today, examined the impact that these clubs had. It found that, on average, the proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) who attended breakfast clubs – 41 per cent – was almost identical to the proportion of FSM-eligible pupils on the school roll: 42 per cent.

 

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