Poll reveals ‘distressing levels’ of child poverty this winter
17 December 2018
Hardship for pupils reaches a new high as teachers testify to the damaging effects of poverty on health, wellbeing and education.
A poll of more than a thousand teachers in England, carried out by the National Teachers Union, paints a ‘Dickensian’ picture of poverty, with children coming to school wearing sandals or unsuitable footwear, without winter coats and sleeping in their uniforms because they don’t have pyjamas.
Some teachers report they are giving free school dinners to children who don’t qualify for free school meals because their parents have contacted them to say they have ‘no money that day’.
The surveyl also documents the many ways in which children’s education is being impacted, including absences from school, behavioural issues, lack of concentration, poor health and lateness.
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