Three quarters of teachers ‘see pupils turn up to school hungry’

The Independent is reporting survey results suggesting almost three-quarters of teachers have seen pupils come to class hungry.

NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union, published the findings of their third annual survey, which highlighted the impact of ‘financial hardship’ is steadily growing. 

Over the last year, 71 per cent of teachers saw their pupils come to school hungry, while more than a quarter have given their own food away to students. 

And over half have seen their school give food to hungry children…

Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, went a step further, claiming both teachers and support staff were also mending or washing clothes. ..

Ms Keates said over the years the problems were ‘worsening’, and questioned how this situation could occur in one of the world’s largest economies. 

She added: “It is clear that teachers and schools are being left to pick up the pieces of callous fiscal and social policies.

“Poverty is not incidental to teachers. It is a key inhibitor to educational progression and schools simply cannot be expected to tackle these issues alone.”

She questioned the chancellor’s policies in addressing the issues.

More at: Three quarters of teachers ‘see pupils turn up to school hungry’


More on this directly from NASUWT at: Children’s education blighted by increasing hardship and poverty


The same caveats apply to these results as suggested previously in terms of selef-selecting teaching union surveys – those who respond are possibly more engaged by the issues – but these are significant numbers any way you look at it and Chris Keates is also suggesting that results indicate the situation appears to be getting worse year-on-year.

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