9 November 2020

Since its launch in March 2018, the NSBP, which we run in conjunction with Family Action, has helped to create or improve breakfast provision in 1,800 schools in disadvantaged areas of England. The breakfast provision is based on Magic Breakfast’s model, which means schools get support to reach all pupils at risk of hunger, as well as free healthy breakfast food and grants for equipment.  The NSBP is in addition to those schools already supported by Magic Breakfast.

It has been fantastic hearing back from NSBP schools about how having healthy breakfast provision has improved school life for so many children:

“It is making a huge difference in school. The teachers have already begun to recognise more academic progress being made in some of our most vulnerable pupils.”
Inclusion Officer at a NSBP School.

“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day to ensure all my children start their day in a positive way. To be able to provide this for my children every day has had a huge impact on their attitude, well-being, readiness for school and stamina… the children are much happier at the beginning of the school day. There is a noticeable difference.”
Headteacher, Corporation Road Community Primary School commenting in the NSBP’s 2019 Head Teacher Survey.

The additional £11.8 million that the Government has now promised to invest in the Programme will be used to set up or improve breakfast provision in up to 650 further schools – plus existing NSBP partner schools will receive an extra term of funding to take them up to July 2020, the end of the summer term. The funding for the new group of schools will support their breakfast provision until the end of March 2021.

The media picked up the announcement and representatives from Magic Breakfast and Family Action both gave radio interviews, whilst Magic Breakfast founder, Carmel McConnell was invited onto BBC Breakfast TV to talk about the NSBP and the benefits of school breakfasts to children who might otherwise spend the morning hungry and distracted.



Any schools wanting to find out more about the NSBP should follow this link to Family Action’s website, where they will also be able to fill in an Expression of Interest form.