Children in their last year of primary school have been sitting their all-important SATS exams. Those pupils who arrive at school hungry or malnourished find it difficult to concentrate in any exams they have in the morning, so will already be at a disadvantage compared to children who have had a good breakfast as “fuel for SATS”.

Teachers from our partner schools report that pupils who have eaten a nutritious “magic” breakfast are more alert, have increased concentration levels and improved educational attainment. Recent research by Cardiff University found a link between children eating a good breakfast and doing well in exams.

During SATS week, Magic Breakfast offered a free, nutritious breakfast to all Year 6 students in all of its partner schools.  The charity joined forces with the food writer and broadcaster, Rosie Birkett, to launch a new “Fuel for SATS” campaign on 11th April aimed at raising funds, educating schoolchildren about why breakfast is so important to eat before lessons and exams, and teaching pupils some healthy breakfast recipes.

Rosie Birkett and chefs from Dishoom, Foxlow and Bone Daddies restaurants, engaged with four Magic Breakfast partner schools in London to give special breakfast presentations to Year 6 students in the four weeks leading up to SATS week. Rosie Birkett said: "I want to support Magic Breakfast because I believe every child has the right to eat breakfast. It's so important to their health, both mentally and physically, and greatly improves their ability to focus and learn, therefore giving them a good start not only to their day but in life."

Carmel McConnell, founder and Chief Executive of Magic Breakfast, said: “We know that a hungry schoolchild simply cannot concentrate. Our school partners tell us that SATS exam time brings that problem into even sharper focus.  We would love every child to have a good chance of exam success and are so grateful to Rosie Birkett and all our campaign supporters for helping us reach more children with this SATS’ week pledge. Thank you.”

Anna Galvau, Head of Legal and charity committee member at Aspect Capital said "We are delighted to match-fund this important campaign and help give children the best opportunity of passing these critical exams".

It costs just 22p to provide a healthy “magic” breakfast to a schoolchild to give them “Fuel for SATS”.  £5 gives 22 pupils the best “Fuel for SATS”.  

Magic Breakfast is aiming to raise £24,500 during its “Fuel for SATS” campaign. Aspect Capital Limited are, very generously, match-funding all donations.