Update on new around schools and children’s health

Applications open to beat Holiday Hunger this summer

Cornwall Council’s Wellbeing and Public Health Team are seeking applications for the 2019 Filling the Holiday Gap grant scheme to provide free enrichment activities and healthy food for disadvantaged children and families during the school summer holidays.

The maximum any organisation can apply for is £3,500, and groups are expected to provide a minimum of at least 1 meal per day (although schemes are not necessarily expected to provide something every day of the holidays), with nutritional education, enriching activities (new skills, knowledge,sports, creative activities or nature-based activities), and physical activities.  The application deadline is 27 May.

Download the Guidance sheet/Application form for full details. Application form


Nominate your local school to win £5,000 of Book Tokens

Everyone is invited to nominate their local school to win £5.000 of National Book Tokens.  A single prize is given every year, picked from all nominations, so the more nominations a school has, the greater chance it has of winning. the winning nominee also receives a prize of £100 National Book Tokens as well.

You can nominate on the Book Tokens website.  There are also posters you can download to spread the word, and gather more nominations for your favourite school.

The competition closes on 31 July, and the winner will be announced at the start of the autumn term in September.


Pupils losing out on their Free School Meals money

A new report has found that many pupils who receive Free School Meals are losing out, because of the way that the scheme is administered in their schools. Some pupils are unable to use their FSM allowance at any time other than lunch time, so are unable to purchase a breakfast or snack with it.  In many cases, the allowance isn’t rolled over, so money not used because the pupil is off sick, or has a sporting commitment, or simply hasn’t spent their full entitlement, is retained by the school.

Around 750,000 secondary school pupils are eligible for FSM in the UK, and as much as £65m could be unclaimed in a year.  For more information, see the Guardian article.

This report comes as part of research by Poverty-proofing the School Day, which is a Children North East scheme.


School sports facilities could be opened up in the school holidays

A new scheme where school sports facilities are opened up during the holidays to allow children access to physical activities, has been piloted recently, and a report by the organisations behind the scheme was present at Downing Street.  Dame Tanni Grey Thompson, chair of ukactive, and rugby star Lawrence Dallaglio, founder of Dallaglio RugbyWorks describe the issues, and the scheme in an article in the Guardian.