Teachers report rise in pupils arriving at school hungry
Two thirds of those surveyed blame 'parental apathy', while 16% say they are spending up to £25 a month to bring in food.
A sixth of teachers are spending up to £25 a month buying bread, fruit and snacks to feed pupils who turn up to school without having eaten breakfast, according to the findings of a survey.
Almost four out of five teachers reported an increase in the prevalence of pupils arriving at school hungry over the last 12 months. Two thirds of those teachers blamed "parental apathy" – parents not having the time or inclination to prepare breakfast – for hungry children but half of teachers also attributed increased pupil hunger to "financial hardship" caused by government spending cuts, unemployment and rising living costs, according to the survey of 500 UK teachers carried out by food company Kellogg's.
Nearly a third of all teachers who were surveyed said they took food into school to feed pupils, with one in six primary school teachers saying they do this once a week, and 16% saying they spend up to £24.99 a month on food for pupils.
Hungry pupils are more likely to be tired, unable to concentrate in lessons, and badly behaved, say teachers.
The findings broadly reflect those which emerged in a larger survey of teachers carried out by Guardian Teacher Network earlier this year, and provide further fuel for campaigners who believe England should emulate Wales where pupils at all state primaries are offered free breakfasts, and 75% of schools now provide them.
Read more ... (The Guardian - 16 October)
Parents 'failing to give children breakfast' - (BBC News - 16 October)