Press Release

Offering free school meals to all primary school pupils increased attainment in disadvantaged areas

Date: 26 July 2012
When all primary school pupils in Newham and Durham were offered free school meals, attainment levels rose. Pupils in these areas made between 4 and 8 weeks more progress over a two year period than similar pupils in other areas. That is the main finding of new research published today by a consortium comprising the Institute for Fiscal Studies, NatCen Social Research and Bryson Purdon Social Research.