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Breakfast clubs to receive a £26m funding boost

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More than 1,770 schools in disadvantaged areas will benefit from an investment of £26 million by the government to give pupils a healthy and nutritious breakfast. 

Funded by the government's soft drinks industry levy, the investment aims to set children up for the school day and target the most disadvantaged areas of the country. It will have a particular focus on the Department for Education’s 12 opportunity areas, which includes West Somerset, Blackpool and North Yorkshire. 

Family Action and Magic Breakfast have been named as the charities to run the clubs. They will also look at how they can encourage more children to attend breakfast clubs and improve the sharing of best practice among schools. 

The new clubs are due to start this spring. And on top of a healthy and nutritious meal, children will also get the chance to get active and develop their skills through extra-curricular activities. 

Education secretary Damian Hinds, who made the announcement yesterday (19 March 2018), said: “A healthy breakfast can help to fuel children's concentration, so they can get the most out of their school day. 

"Paid for by the government's soft drinks levy, this investment will help to raise education standards further and make sure young people have happy, healthy childhoods."

First published 20 March 2018