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National school breakfast club programme


It is important for pupils to start the day with a nutritious breakfast. Evidence shows that providing a healthy school breakfast at the start of the school day can contribute to improved readiness to learn, increased concentration, and improved wellbeing and behaviour.

All participating schools will receive a 100% subsidy for breakfast club provision until the end of July 2022. The subsidy will then be reduced to 75%, allowing schools to contribute 25% from other funding streams. All pupils in participating schools are to be offered breakfast supplies at no cost to them or their parents.

School eligibility

Schools in disadvantaged areas will be eligible for the programme if they have 40% or more pupils in bands A-F of the income deprivation affecting children index (IDACI). This will include state-funded primary, secondary, special schools and pupil referral units. We will also be prioritising the Department of Education’s 12 opportunity areas.

We will contact all eligible schools in January 2022.

Joining the scheme

The supplier for this contract, Family Action, will source and deliver breakfast food products to participating schools.

Schools can find out more information about the scheme by completing the expression of interest form.

Types of food

All breakfast products will meet the school food standards and schools will be able to choose and order the food products and quantities they need for their pupils.

Further information is available on the Family Action website and by expressing an interest to join the scheme.

If you need help please contact email [email protected] or call 020 39287228.

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