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NAHT response to government’s Breakfast Clubs announcement

Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said:

“It is disappointing that, hot on the heels of the government failing to extend free school meals to millions of families in poverty, they have now abandoned a manifesto commitment to give every primary school child a free breakfast.

“The funding announced today is far less than originally promised and will only affect a few children. School leaders see so many children arrive at school hungry and unable to learn – a nutritious meal is vital for their wellbeing and education.”

“Meanwhile, we know that not all children who are eligible for free school meals claim them – currently one in ten eligible children miss out. Auto-registration for free school meals would mean that more children get the support they are entitled to, as well as boosting Pupil Premium funding to support their education.”

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