Researchers link Food Poverty to Low Attainment


Researchers from the University of Leeds have recently published a study which highlighted a link between eating breakfast and GCSE performance. The research concluded that children who usually skip breakfast achieve significantly lower GCSE grades than those who normally eat it, amounting to a difference in performance of almost two grades across all subjects.

Significantly, the research accounted for socio-economic status, showing that the difference to attainment could not just be explained by the typical demographics of those pupils who eat breakfast compared to those who do not. However, this was often not reflected in the initiatives schools funded with their pupil premium allocation.