Our research

At Magic Breakfast we have developed a strong base of evidence, gathered over the last decade, which outlines both the key issues and the solutions to child morning hunger.

Our research aims to:

Test what works in schools and communities and the impact that breakfast has for children and young people.

Raise awareness of the root causes driving morning hunger. Develop solutions and make the case to decision makers for policy that removes hunger as a barrier to learning for all children and young people.

Our research spans different areas. From how school breakfast impacts educational attainment and attendance, to how to improve school breakfast delivery so it reaches all children at risk of hunger.

Benefits of breakfast

Educational attainment

Pupils in primary schools offering school breakfast achieved, on average, two months’ additional progress over a year compared to children in schools without a magic breakfast at key stage one.


Schools with Magic Breakfast have 26 fewer half-days of absence per year in a class of 30, compared to schools without.

Return on investment

Every £1 invested in school breakfasts can generate over £50 for the economy in the future.

Support for breakfast

8 in 10 children and young people agree it’s important to offer something to children to eat for breakfast at school. 

For more about the sector challenges and the difference that breakfast makes take a look at our fact file.

  • Rise and Shine: How breakfast impacts children and young people

    The importance of breakfast for health and educational outcomes in children and young people was explored In a recent scientific… Read more

  • The National School Breakfast Programme: Scale-up Evaluation Report

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  • Education Endowment Foundation and Magic Breakfast

    The Magic Breakfast project provided schools with food, support and advice to offer a free, universal, breakfast to all pupils. Read more

  • Return on Investment of a Magic Breakfast

    We were delighted to publish a new study by Pro Bono Economics in 2021. Read more

  • Hidden Hunger

    Hidden Hunger – The State of UK Breakfast Provision 2022 is the most comprehensive map of UK breakfast provision conducted… Read more

  • What’s for Breakfast?

    This report is based on surveys of children and young people like us, as well as their parents and caregivers. Read more

  • Research
    YouGov Teacher Survey (Scotland)

    Over half of teachers fear rise in hunger among children… Read more

  • News
    The key benefits of breakfast

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  • Research
    Magic Breakfast M&M Survey 2023: from data to insights

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  • News
    Exam results fall – exploring trends in the UK

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8 January 2024

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