Expand free school meals eligibility ‘to reduce stigma’, DfE urged

Widening eligibility for free school meals could not only reduce the number of children facing food insecurity but remove the stigma felt by those who do receive them, researchers have said. A study by York...

Pandemic hit early education of disadvantaged children hardest, research finds

“Considerably more” children from ethnic minority and disadvantaged backgrounds have missed out on formal early learning during the Covid-19 pandemic compared with their peers, new research has found. The...

Infant free school meals uplift branded ‘inadequate’

Campaigners have branded an uplift in funding for universal infant free school meals “inadequate”, saying funding announced by the Department for Education amounts to just 7p per pupil for each meal. Education...

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