Children are turning up to school ‘malnourished’, teachers warn : Express

THE number of poor children who go hungry in school holidays has increased to “heart-breaking” levels, teachers have warned.

A girl eating salad in the classroom

Over half of primary school teachers answering a survey by the National Union of Teachers said pupils were affected by “holiday hunger” when they did not get a free school lunch.

Eighty per cent of those reporting the problem said the numbers affected had risen in the last two years.

A similar proportion said children were arriving at school hungry and 37 per cent that pupils were malnourished at the start of term.

A large majority said education and wellbeing suffered, the NUT annual conference in Cardiff heard.

The union’s general secretary Kevin Courtney said: “These heart-breaking findings lay bare the terrible impact of poverty on the lives and educational experiences of many children.

“This should not be tolerated at all, let alone in the sixth richest economy in the world.

“Teachers are working hard to achieve the best outcomes for their pupils but the challenges they face as a result of poverty are increasing under this Government.”





  1. The majority of households in food poverty have at least one adult working. Most parents ensure their children eat before feeding themselves, so if the children are hungry and malnourished, how hungry are the parents?

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  2. Kim Jung ill obviously knows nothing about food poverty in this country.

    Or he could have an unrelenting propaganda (embarrassment for Britain) field day.

    One things for sure…Doctor Goebells wouldn’t have let a golden opportunity like that go by.

    Due to sanctions, North Korea at least have an excuse, what excuse has this Government got ?.

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