Question to the Department for Education:
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish the evidence his Department has collated through the provision of its Holiday Activities and Food Programme pilots.
We commissioned Ecorys UK to undertake an independent evaluation of the 2019 holiday activities and food (HAF) programme, which was published last year.
It highlighted a range of benefits for young people who took part, including increased knowledge, skills, socialisation, and wellbeing.
We have commissioned an independent evaluation of our newly expanded HAF programme, to take place over this summer. Findings will be published later this year.
Our expanded £220 million programme will continue in this summer holiday. Our support contract with Childcare Works is in place, and we are working with local authority HAF co-ordinators across the country to help them prepare to build up a programme of activity across the summer holidays.