A “magic” breakfast is healthy and nutritious. It is designed to give children energy, protein, vitamins and minerals, and is low in sugar, salt and fat. The food Magic Breakfast provides to schools complies with government school food standards and regulations in Scotland and England [School Food Standards].
We provide Quaker porridge, Nestle cereals, special recipe Bagel Nash bagels (made using a mix of wholemeal and white flour, low fat, Vitamin D-enhanced, with no artificial additives), and Tropicana unsweetened juice (which needs to be diluted with 50% water, as recommended by the British Dental Association*). Schools buy their own milk and spreads, although we do offer guidance on portion size and the amount of spread that is appropriate for school age children to consume. We also give schools information on possible allergens in Magic Breakfast food.
In the academic year 2017/18 Magic Breakfast provided:
2,016,727 bowls of cereal
1,765,446 glasses of juice
242,705 bowls of porridge
*NOTE: The "Safefood BDA drinks poster" on the British Dental Association website says "It's ok [for children] to have a small glass of 100% fruit juice or a smoothie once a day - in fact it acts as one of their 5 a day. These drinks should only be consumed at mealtimes due to acidity"
The impact on a hungry child of eating a nutritious breakfast is not only immediate to see, but it can affect that child’s whole path in life.
Independent research, funded by the Education Endowment Foundation and carried out by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, found that Y2 pupils in schools providing a free, nutritious 'magic' breakfast boosted their reading, writing and maths by an average of 2 months’ progress per year, compared to pupils in schools with no such breakfast provision.