Can we afford to feed our children?

Teachers have expressed fear that students dependent on free school meals are not being fed enough during the summer holidays.

Research backed by a leading foodbank charity also found that some have seen children noticeably thinner when they return to school.

The research shows:

  • 32% of parents say school holidays put an extra burden on their food budget
  • 40%of teachers surveyed believe pupils do not eat enough during summer holidays and in some cases appear noticeably thinner at the start of term
  • During August last year 24,000 children used foodbanks, food charities say those numbers will rise

Is the summer finally over?

Meteorologically, as Summer is from 1 June to 31 August, this is our last week of summer.

There’s no heat wave in sight, if there is you’ll be the first to know. It’s felt autumnal this week with many people packing away their summer clothes and even switching on the heating. Laura has more in her blog...

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  5. Teachers have expressed fear that students dependent on free school meals are not being fed enough during the summer holidays