One in three reckons it will take a full week for students to settle back into learning, and the same number think they will need to make up for setbacks due to the holidays.
Breakfast clubs provide the essential fuel children need to help them concentrate and settle back into a routine
Chris Silcock, Kellogg’s UK and Ireland Managing Director
To help, Kelloggs is running trials of a “Back to School Breakfast Club” to ease the transition.
The pilot will allow schools to offer all children breakfast after the holidays, with the hope that pupils are ready to learn and settle down quicker ready for the school day.
If successful, the cereal giant plans to offer this to more schools, after the trials in Derby, Ebbw Vale, Wales, Bolton, Stockport, and London.
Peter Cansell, a member of the National Association of Primary Education Council, said: “With all the disruption which has taken place in children’s lives and learning this year, this is a great initiative by Kellogg’s, which will demonstrate the value of children not being hungry before the beginning of the school day, helping them to concentrate more easily and enjoy learning.
“Teachers often report how much more settled children are when they have started the day with a good meal and the environment of the breakfast club gives them a flying start to the day.”
When asked what makes the biggest difference to pupil behaviour over the holidays, 67 percent said a lack of discipline followed by a lack of sleep (49 percent) and not having enough to eat (22 percent).
A quarter of teachers polled said in the first week back, an average of over an hour a day of education is lost due to classes not being ready to learn.
The effects of the pandemic are also still taking their toll, as almost a third (31 percent) of teachers have suffered from an increased lack of sleep since it started.
Chris Silcock, Kellogg’s UK and Ireland managing director said: “The research emphasises the benefits of breakfast clubs, especially during the first week back at school.
“They provide the essential fuel children need to help them concentrate and settle back into a routine.
“This year Kellogg’s is investing even more in supporting school breakfast clubs through our grants programme and charity partnerships.”
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