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Evaluating Holiday, Activity and Food Programme

Findings from an independent evaluation of the 2019 holiday activities and food programme (HAF) have been released by the Department for Education after being delayed due to Covid-19. They highlight a range of benefits for young people who took part in the Government holiday scheme, from increasing knowledge and skills to accessing nutritional education and a healthy lunch. An additional report gives evidence of the impact of holiday learning loss and holiday hunger to demonstrate the importance of holiday clubs. Reviewing 110 pieces of UK and international literature, evidence shows the negative effects of repeated episodes of hunger on children’s mental and emotional wellbeing, as well as on attainment and achievement in school.

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