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