Kids across Britain could lose school breakfasts due to massive cuts

CREDIT: This story was first seen in the Metro

Almost half of teachers are worried their primary school breakfast clubs will be forced to close over the next three years, the Metro reports.

Funding cuts was cited as the main reason, with many schools forced to take money from school trips and classroom resources to keep the clubs going.

Some schools are also having to rely on donations from private companies, charities and parents.

Teachers also believe closing the breakfast clubs will lead to a rise in misbehaviour among pupils, and a drop in school attendance.

And more than a third (36%) of teachers surveyed whose breakfast clubs had already closed down said they had since noticed a decline in exam results.

A new report by Kellogg’s claims that as many as 200,000 school pupils could lose their access to breakfast at school as a result of slashed budgets and funding cuts.

Around 43% of teachers said their clubs would have to close in the next three years, including those that operate in some of the most deprived parts of the UK.

And of the parents surveyed, 27% said that not having a breakfast club would force at least one of the parents out of work.

In the report, ‘The future of school breakfast clubs: A funding crisis in the UK’, 86% of teachers who said they feared their club would close cited funding cuts as the main reason.

John Coe, from the National Association of Primary Education, said: ‘Breakfast clubs are at a critical point in their work and the overriding reason is that cuts to school funding over the next three years threaten the closing down of clubs which serve children and young people. The impact upon disadvantaged communities will be particularly severe.

‘Teachers testify to the educational gains which stem from a healthy breakfast and the positive effect on school and family life has been confirmed by the DfE.

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‘Policy makers should listen, and then take decisive action to provide financial support.’

David Lawlor, managing director at Kellogg’s, added: ‘The future for these vital breakfast clubs is at risk. The challenge for schools, government and partners in private and third sectors is to ensure that we help to sustain as many pre-school clubs as possible.

‘We will continue to offer grants to schools’ breakfast clubs because we believe that every child deserves the best start to the day.’

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