Would free school meals improve pupils' performance?



2017-04-07T07:07:28.134Z
2017-04-07T07:07:28.134Z

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Would the introduction of free school meals for all primary school children lead to better results?

It's not yet clear. A study by Professor Lorraine Dearden of University College London found free school meals led to a slight improvement in attainment but did not improve attendance or pupils' BMI. She said: "We struggled to find the mechanism by which [the improvement in attainment] took place."

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