Free school breakfasts are to be provided to every primary school pupil across West Lothian.
West Lothian Council executive has approved a £200,000 investment to provide a free breakfast in school for every primary pupil who wants one.
The scheme will also see free breakfasts available for secondary school students entitled to free school meals, and will start from in August
Executive councillor for education Lawrence Fitzpatrick said: “It’s vital we do everything we can to ensure our pupils have the best possible start in life.
“We know that a healthy breakfast is a key ingredient for a good start to the school day, as it provides young people with the nutrition they need to help them concentrate and
“Breakfast clubs are already successfully in running in most schools in West Lothian, and this investment will allow us to ensure that many more pupils can access a free healthy breakfast, to set them up for the rest of the school day.
“We would encourage parents and carers to make good use of the free service by sending their children to their local breakfast club, which are proven to have a number benefits for young people in areas such as attainment, behaviour and confidence.”
Letters have been sent to parents/carers asking them to indicate whether they intend to use the free breakfast service to judge potential uptake. For secondary pupils in receipt of school meals, the cost of a breakfast will be added to the cashless catering card each day, to be spent that morning.