Today’s Education in the media blog focuses on the announcement of a £2 million fund to provide free healthy meals and activities for disadvantaged families throughout the school holidays.
Holiday Activities Funding
Today, Friday 27 July, the government has announced that £2 million of funding will be put towards providing free healthy meals and a range of activities over the school summer holidays. This was covered by BBC News, ITV News, The Mirror and The Huffington Post.
The funding will specifically help families in some of the country’s most disadvantaged areas and will benefit thousands of children.
Alongside offering healthy meals, families will also have access to activities such as free football classes, play sessions and cooking classes. The activities will run across the country in areas including the North East, Birmingham and London.
Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi said:
For most pupils, the end of the school summer term signals the start of holidays, days out and a chance to make memories with friends and family. Other families, who might rely on the support provided by schools, are not so lucky.
These projects will provide a range of support for families during the summer break. They will also give children access to experiences that won’t just create great memories but will help broaden their horizons and build the confidence they need to succeed in whatever path they choose to follow.
You can read more about this announcement here.