THE free breakfast scheme introduced for Blackpool schoolchildren has been given the seal of approval from a leading charity.
Magic Breakfast Charity, a provider of free healthy breakfasts, has praised the scheme which works to ensure children in 33 of the resort’s schools do not start their school day hungry.
The independent charity visited Boundary Primary School, Grange Park, on Friday to see the breakfasts scheme in action and said it has benefited youngsters.
Magic Breakfast founder Carmel McConnell said: “This is an inspiring school, with students who face some of the most severe poverty in the country.
“A free breakfast brings improvements in attainment and attendance and teachers have seen this here.”
Teachers have said children having a calm start to their day enables them to concentrate and learn.
Nicola Bunday, acting headteacher at the school on Dinmore Avenue, said: “The benefits of the breakfast scheme have been that the children have a calm, purposeful start to the morning, ready to start learning.”
Research is now being carried out into the benefits of the breakfast pilot scheme, which was launched in January to run for three months, at a cost of £700,000.
Coun Simon Blackburn, Leader of Blackpool Council, said: “Research is well under way on our pilot which is now providing 11,000 pupils with a healthy start to the day.
“I’m delighted Magic Breakfast is so impressed with our scheme, it’s working really well and I look forward to seeing the completed research at the end of the month.
“Food is a basic human requirement and it’s not acceptable to sit back and accept that thousands of pupils arrive at school hungry every day.
“We know this is the right thing to do and it’s positive to know our ambition is shared by a leading charity.”