Foundation Learning serves up free breakfasts for students


The Kirklees College Foundation Breakfast Club initiative is celebrating its fourth year running with the support of Stafflex, a Huddersfield-based recruitment agency.

The Foundation Breakfast Club was launched in 2016 by the Foundation Learning department in response to students coming to college without eating any breakfast. This directly impacted on their learning as they were unable to concentrate in class because of their hunger.  

Students that are experiencing difficulties can speak with a member of the Foundation Learning team who arrange for them to receive a fresh breakfast every morning before teaching begins at 9.00am.

The college has also introduced the Xplorer’s Lunch Club this year, in which students are taught how to cook healthy takeaway meals taking inspiration from restaurants like Nando’s, Taco Bell and Jerk Hut.

This initiative allows the students to gain valuable life skills as well as giving them a healthy and nutritional meal which some students also take home to feed their family.

Jane Brown, Critical Worker at Kirklees College said:

“The absence of a nutritious breakfast can impact negatively on a child’s behaviour, concentration and learning experience so it’s really important that they get a healthy breakfast to start the day in the right way.”

Peter Joseph, Education Manager at Stafflex, said:

“It’s extremely rewarding to see the positive effect the club has had on the foundation students and we’re delighted to be able to support the initiative again this year.”

[Image taken before the coronavirus pandemic]

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