WHAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN DO


Government action is needed to end morning classroom hunger for good.

Our specific recommendations:


1. RENEW EXISTING FUNDING FOR SCHOOL BREAKFASTS


The Government currently invests approximately £12m a year in school breakfasts through the National School Breakfast Programme (NSBP), which is implemented by Family Action and Magic Breakfast and supports more than 280,000 children in over 1,775 schools in England. This programme was launched in March 2018 and funding is currently scheduled to end in March 2020, but can be extended under the current contract. We are recommending that the Government commits to renewing funding for the NSBP and its currently supported schools for an additional £12m a year. This will prevent over 280,000 children from once again being at risk of hunger in lessons from 1 April 2020.


2. MAKE A CHANGE TO PRIMARY LEGISLATION


We want the Government to take steps to ensure that no child starts the day too hungry to learn. We are calling for an amendment to the Education Act of 1996 which would place a requirement on schools to provide breakfast, if a request is made and breakfast can be reasonably provided. This legislation would apply to maintained nursery, primary, secondary, boarding and special schools; pupil referral units; academies and free schools; and non-maintained special schools.


3. PLEDGE INCREASED FUNDING FOR SCHOOLS


We want the National Funding Formula for schools to be amended to include additional funding to enable schools to provide a free school breakfast to children at risk of hunger. We are proposing that schools receive additional funding based on the number of pupils in Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index (IDACI) bands A-F on roll. IDACI measures the relative income deprivation of each small area in the UK and bands A-F have the highest proportion of children living in out of work or low income families.


Read our new policy report ‘Making the Case for School Breakfasts’ published on 4th September 2019, to learn more.