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Could breakfast help to improve GCSE results?

Do you offer a free breakfast at your school? If not it could be something to consider, especially during exams. 

There are calls for a free school breakfasts to be given out in every state school in England to help improve attainment and tackle hunger.  Researchers have found that secondary school pupils who eat breakfast regularly score nearly two GCSE grades above their peers who often miss the meal.

Dr Katie Adolphus, lead researcher from the University of Leeds’ School of Psychology, said: “The UK has a growing problem of food poverty, with an estimated half a million children arriving at school each day too hungry to learn. 

“Previously we have shown that eating breakfast has a positive impact on children’s cognition. This research suggests that poor nutrition is associated with worse results at school.”

To read the article in full please visit https://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/breakfast-school-gcse-grades-children-austerity-leeds-university-a9209131.html 

To access support in improving your breakfats provision please get in touch at schoolwellbeing@leeds.gov.uk. 

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