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Collaborative PhD on Free School Breakfast

Louise Harvey-Golding is currently working on a collaborative PhD project between Northumbria University, Blackpool Council and Public Health Blackpool. The project is an evaluation of the social, behavioural and educational impacts of a universal free school breakfast (FSB) intervention, for primary school children, in North West England, UK.

The intervention provides a free school breakfast to all primary aged children, with the central aims of improving nutrition, punctuality, attendance and educational attainment. This mixed methods project considers the views and attitudes of all stakeholders, and the attitudes and health related behaviours children and parents/ carers; in addition to school level data. The aim of the research is to explore the impacts of school breakfast provision in areas of high deprivation from individual, family, school, community and local authority contexts.    ​

Louise recently presented an overview of this project at the British Psychological Society North East of England Branch Annual Conference at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Findings from the initial pilot investigation of Blackpool Free School Breakfast Scheme were presented by Pamela L. Graham at the Food, Children and Youth: What’s Eating? Conference in Lisbon, Portugal in February 2014.

6th Oct 2014