Evaluation Report, Holiday Activities & Food Programme for Northamptonshire Sport, Full Report

Natasha Bayes, Amy Stringer, Scott Bradley, Anthony D Kay, Peter Jones, Declan Ryan*

*Corresponding author for this work

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According to the Department for Education, there are 1.63 million children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM). Within Northamptonshire there are 184,308 children and young people, aged 0-19 years old, of which 14% are eligible for FSM. As FSM eligibility is a proxy for socioeconomic disadvantage, these statistics highlight that a significant proportion of children in Northamptonshire are from disadvantaged backgrounds. Due to increased costs and reduced income, children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely to experience a gap in learning and have ‘unhealthy holidays’ during the school holiday period. To bridge this ‘gap’, the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme was created by central Government.

This report evaluates the HAF Programme that was delivered in Northamptonshire during the June to August 2021 Summer Holidays. 2,490 children and young people attended the HAF Programme (15.12% of FSM eligible children), from areas across Northamptonshire, with a catchment area of approximately 2,335 km2 and 215 schools.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Northampton
Commissioning bodyNorthamptonshire Sport
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jan 2022


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