Funding has more than quadrupled for a scheme offering free meals and recreational activities to disadvantaged children over the summer holidays. Tes reports.
Around 50,000 children are expected to benefit from the £9.1 million Department for Education scheme.
The funding increase follows the success of a similar £2 million programme during the summer of 2018. As part of this programme, charities and community groups provided meals and activities – such as football, play sessions and cooking classes – for more than 18,000 children across the country.
This year, activities on offer include a range of sports, healthy-cooking classes for children and their carers, as well as targeted support for the most vulnerable families.
The Department for Education will use the 2019 programme to continue its research on how best to support children who are eligible for free school meals over the school holidays. They will be testing a new model, in which local coordinators oversee and fund clubs in their areas.
The coordination role will be undertaken by a wide range of organisations, including a school, local authorities, community foundations and charities, all working with local providers.
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