27 Mar, 2016

Pupils ‘come to school hungry’, says teacher union

BBC News | 27 March 2016

Increasing numbers of pupils are coming to school hungry, anxious and unable to concentrate because of family financial pressures, a teachers’ union has said.

The NASUWT union said growing numbers of teachers and schools were providing food, equipment and clothes for pupils.

Others were offering financial advice and referring struggling families to external support services.

The government said it was committed to working to eliminate child poverty and improving life chances for children.

More than 3,250 teachers responded to the NASUWT survey about their experiences over the past year.

The survey found:

  • Almost three-quarters of the teachers had seen pupils coming to school hungry
  • Over a quarter had given food to hungry pupils
  • Most said their school had given food to hungry pupils
  • Most had seen pupils unable to afford uniform
  • 15% had given pupils clothing
  • 59% said their school had given pupils clothing
  • Almost two-thirds had lent or given pupils school equipment
  • Most said their school had lent or given pupils school equipment

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