Andrew Stephenson MP has paid a visit to a Pendle primary school to learn about how one of his constituency's breakfast clubs is helping feed pupils so they start the day on the right note.
With 75% of teachers insisting that hunger and thirst make children more lethargic in the classroom, the Conservative MP dropped into Bradley Primary School in Nelson to gain a better appreciation of the importance of a nutritional breakfast ahead of school.
Bradley Primary School’s breakfast club provides food for more than 20 pupils each day, with ages ranging from five to 11, and offers children the chance to read or do homework in a calm and supportive environment; a report by The Association for Public Service Excellence revealed that 49% of schools said breakfast club has improved the concentration of the children.
“Breakfast clubs are a great way to ensure pupils have access to a balanced and filling meal before school, which means they start the day focused and ready to learn," said Andrew Stephenson MP. "I’d like to thank Kellogg’s for arranging today’s visit and all the staff and volunteers at Bradley Primary School who make the breakfast club possible”.
Bradley Primary head teacher, Mike Hull, said: “We are very proud of our breakfast club and the benefits it provides to our pupils. Our club allows children to start their day on time, feeling calm and ready to learn. We have even seen an improvement in pupils’ concentration in the classroom as a result.”
Kellogg's have supported breakfast clubs in the UK for the past 20 years, and to celebrate their two-decade anniversary, they are offering local schools the chance to win £1,000 for their club by entering the annual Kellogg’s Breakfast Club Awards, which champion the people who make breakfast clubs fantastic.
A specialist panel of judges will hand-pick the entries with the winners announced on October 29th. Winners will be invited to an awards ceremony at The Houses of Parliament, with Oli Morton, Kellogg's managing director, saying: “Brilliant progress has been made since the 1990s to increase the number of schools offering pupils a safe and fun environment that provides a nutritious breakfast.
"Every child deserves the best start to the day,” he added.
In the past 20 years, Kellogg's have offered funding, food, and training to more than 3,000 clubs across the UK, serving over 70 million breakfasts during that time.