It is a well known fact that breakfast plays a crucial part in every child’s life. This is also supported by research evidence. A research review published in ‘Frontiers in Humans neuroscience’ found positive links between eating breakfast and academic performance. From our own experience, we know that children who go hungry are more inclined to become distracted from learning at school, or give up more easily when faced with challenges. These were the reasons we needed to ensure every child who attends The Laurels have the best opportunity to succeed.
Breakfast has been linked to better performance and behaviour in the classroom, therefore we made a successful bid to become part of The National School Breakfast.
The service aims to:
- Ensure more children receive a healthy breakfast at the start of their day.
- Improve educational outcomes of disadvantaged young people
On arrival at school, children (including younger siblings) can select a bagel, porridge or cereal. The bagels are provided by Bagel Nash and are a low fat, low salt and sugar option which can be toasted in the classroom. A range of 5 cereals all carefully chosen to ensure that they meet School Food Standards and Regulations in England and Scotland, and contain less than 15g of sugar per 100g. Porridge is provided by Quaker and is freshly made each morning.
As a result of breakfast, we hope to see a reduction in lateness across the school, classes settled and ready to learn at the start of the day and improved academic performance of our students . In turn this will lead to improved relationships – staff, children, and parents all have better relationships, within and between those groups.