Evaluation of the Free School Meals Pilot Impact Report

This DfE report presents evidence on the impact of the Free School Meals pilot on a range of pupil outcomes. The Free School Meals (FSM) pilot was a two-year programme operating in three local authorities between the autumn of 2009 and summer of 2011, to extend entitlement to free school meals. Where all primary school children were offered free school meals, a significant positive impact on attainment for primary school pupils at Key Stages 1 and 2 was observed, with pupils in the pilot areas making between four and eight weeks’ more progress than similar pupils in comparison areas. Leadership Briefing 8.02(86)

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