School leaders report rise in pupils not on free meals going hungry
General / Sat 3rd Dec 2022 at 06:10pm
MORE than half of school leaders in England are seeing more pupils who cannot afford a meal at lunchtime yet are not eligible for free school meals, according to a survey reports The Guardian.
Research by the Sutton Trust, an educational charity, found clear signs that the cost of living crisis was increasingly affecting young people’s education, with a growing number of pupils arriving at school tired, cold and hungry.
Nearly three-quarters (74%) of state school teachers who took part in the poll said they had seen an increase in the number of pupils who were tired or unable to concentrate, while more than half (54%) said more children were coming to school without adequate clothing, such as a warm winter coat.
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Poverty in UK is real and growing. Poverty in Harlow is real and growing. Schools can help if funded to give free food to all who need it. Instead, schools are looking to further cut costs due to 12 years of underfunding.