Children are lashing out at pupils and staff because they are hungry, teachers say

According to The Independent, nearly two in five teachers have seen a child become violent towards other pupils or staff and they put it down to a lack of food, according to a survey.

The survey finds that more than a quarter (27 per cent) have seen pupils lash out at other children – including kicking and scratching – and they say it was due to the pupil not eating breakfast.

A further 12 per cent said a child has been violent towards them for the same reason, according to the Opinium survey of 1,000 primary and secondary school teachers.

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), said: “Schools have seen an increase in the extent of pupil poverty in recent years, and the problem of children turning up to school hungry is more common than the public might realise.”

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