We are delighted to announce that children across our CELT academies who are eligible for free school meals will receive a six-week food voucher from the government’s Covid Summer Food Fund to cover the summer holiday period, after a high-profile campaign by footballer Marcus Rashford. The food vouchers will be worth £15 per week per eligible child.

Mr Rashford has said the extension of the government’s free school meals scheme – launched when all schools were closed as part of the coronavirus lockdown – has “bought an extra six weeks” to “figure out what’s next”.

Is this a chance to end ‘holiday hunger’ for good?

At CELT we already recognise that some of our families are struggling financially all year round. Our academies access the government’s Holiday Activities and Food programme, which enables them to offer activities and free meals in the summer holidays. However, we recognise there is more to be learnt about how we can best help our families in need.