Information for Schools

Increasing numbers of children are arriving at school having not had breakfast which can impact negatively on their learning and behaviour. Breakfast Clubs have been proven to have a positive impact on punctuality, academic results, concentration, behaviour and attainment and many more schools are looking to introduce a breakfast club.

School breakfast clubs

If you already run a breakfast club or are thinking about setting one up, use the links on the left to help find useful resources, activities and breakfast ideas.

Positive impacts of Breakfast Clubs

One organisation, Magic Breakfast, who run breakfast clubs in schools with 35%+ free school meals surveyed teachers and found the following positive results:

  • 88% had seen improved attainment and attendance
  • 94% had seen more positive social skills
  • 93% saw improved concentration
  • 74% saw improved behaviour
  • 75% noticed improved relationships between the school and the parent

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers recently carried out a survey* of teachers and support staff in primary and secondary schools and found that almost half (45%) of education staff believe that without a breakfast club, pupils who attend them wouldn’t have anything to eat before lessons.

According to 77% of respondents, making sure pupils eat the most important meal of the day means that pupil’s concentration is better while 71% say it also improves their ability to learn. Over three-quarters (77%) stated that pupils attend a breakfast club because their parent or carer has to go to work early and needs to leave them at school. With many parents now working full-time, many are relying on school breakfast clubs to ensure their children eat in the morning.

Sources of information

There are various different models in operation for breakfast clubs throughout the UK. We have provided links below to some of the charities and organisations that run breakfast clubs so you can get in touch with them for more information.

Magic Breakfast

Magic Breakfast is a UK charity, dedicated to ensuring every child starts the day with the right breakfast as fuel for learning. They provide free, nutritious breakfast food (bagels, porridge, orange juice and cereals) to over 16,500 children in 400+ primary schools every day. They target schools where over 35% of the children are living in poverty and eligible for Free School Meals.

For more information visit www.magicbreakfast.com

The School Food Plan

The School Food Plan sets out a Department for Education commitment to set up financially self-sufficient breakfast clubs. The contract has been awarded to Magic Breakfast who are extending their provision to reach more children and schools, helping over 180 new schools nationwide to set up breakfast provision. Magic Breakfast are currently recruiting schools so if you have no current breakfast provision and at least 35% free school meals send them an email to info@magicbreakfast.com

For more information visit www.schoolfoodplan.com

Mayor’s Fund for London

The Mayor’s Fund have teamed up with Magic Breakfast to deliver free, healthy breakfasts to over 2,000 primary school children every day in 50 of the most disadvantaged schools in London.

For more information visit www.mayorsfundforlondon.org.uk/programme/breakfast...

Greggs Breakfast Clubs

The Greggs Foundation set up their first breakfast club in 1999 and now oversee 280 breakfast clubs which feed 15,000 children every day. School must have at least 40% free school meals to be eligible. The Greggs Foundation receives funding from a range of partners, often private sector companies including our major partner, Greggs plc. Greggs Foundation uses the money to support breakfast clubs through an initial start up grant for equipment such as chest freezers to store food items or toys and activities for the club. Greggs Foundation also makes a payment each term towards other food items and Greggs plc donates bread from the nearest shop.

For more information visit www.greggsfoundation.org.uk/breakfast-clubs

Kellogg’s Breakfast Clubs

Kellogg’s has helped establish and support over 1,000 breakfast clubs over the last decade delivering training and offering grants to schools. As part of their ‘Give a Child Breakfast’ campaign, they now work in partnership with Forever Manchester, a UK charity, whereby clubs can apply for funding – again schools must have at least 40% free school meals to be eligible.

For more information visit www.giveachildabreakfast.co.uk/how_kelloggs_helps....

* Source: Association of Teachers and Lecturers survey of 552 teachers, lecturers, support staff and school leaders working in primary and secondary state schools and academies in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland between 27th February and 4th March 2013.