Children who rarely eat breakfast secure lower GCSE grades than classmates, study finds

According to the Independent, researchers have found that secondary school pupils who eat breakfast regularly score nearly two GCSE grades above their peers who often miss the meal. 

The findings, from the University of Leeds, come as heads have warned of a growing number of children arriving at school hungry. 

The academics, who surveyed hundreds of pupils in schools and colleges in Yorkshire, are calling for free school breakfasts to be given out in every state school in England. 

Dr Katie Adolphus, lead researcher from the University of Leeds’ School of Psychology, said: “The UK has a growing problem of food poverty, with an estimated half a million children arriving at school each day too hungry to learn. 

“Previously we have shown that eating breakfast has a positive impact on children’s cognition. This research suggests that poor nutrition is associated with worse results at school.”

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