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40% of teachers think children don't eat enough in school holidays

Many parents say they struggle to feed their children three meals a day
Many parents say they struggle to feed their children three meals a day Credit: Jens BÃŒttner/DPA/Press Association Images

40% of teachers agree there are pupils at their school not getting enough to eat during the school holidays, according to a new report.

The research released by Kellogg's also shows that of those teachers, a third notice children coming back to school after the summer with signs of weight loss.

This is reflected in some regional figures showing some parents find it difficult to nourish their children:

Birmingham

  • 28% of parents struggle to feed their children three meals a day
  • 35% of parents say that the school holidays put an extra burden on their food budget

Coventry

  • 43% of parents struggle to feed their children three meals a day
  • 46% of parents say that the school holidays put an extra burden on their food budget

Last August, The Trussell Trust reported more than 24,000 children attending their food banks across the country, as families struggled to provide enough meals for them.

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PICTURES: GCSE results day across the Midlands

Schools across the Midlands were today bracing themselves for a dip in GCSE results
Schools across the Midlands were today bracing themselves for a dip in GCSE results Credit: ITV News Central

Schools across the Midlands were today bracing themselves for a dip in GCSE results following a huge shake-up in the exam system.

For the first time, students sat final exams in the summer rather than being continually assessed in module units and the January exams were also scrapped.

For the first time, students sat final exams in the summer rather than being continually assessed
For the first time, students sat final exams in the summer rather than being continually assessed Credit: ITV News Central

Beauchamp College in Oadby in Leicestershire saw a slight fall in the number of students gaining 5 A*-C grades but experts say comparisons with previous years are virtually meaningless because of the scale of the reforms.

Beauchamp College in Oadby in Leicestershire
Beauchamp College in Oadby in Leicestershire Credit: ITV News Central

Despite the changes to exams though it was a record year for GCSEs at Haywood Academy in Burslem in Stoke-on-Trent.

Haywood Academy
Haywood Academy Credit: ITV News Central

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Rare Zebra shark born at Sea Life Centre

A baby Zebra shark has been born at Birmingham's National Sea Life Centre
A baby Zebra shark has been born at Birmingham's National Sea Life Centre Credit: National Sea Life Centre

A rare Zebra shark has been born at Birmingham's National Sea Life Centre.

The two-day old pup hatched from an egg that was donated by an American aquarium.

Sea Life staff are delighted with the new addition because the fish is on the Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of threatened species.

Birmingham Selfridges to get window display

Shoppers look at Selfridges' famous Christmas window display in London
Shoppers look at Selfridges' famous Christmas window display in London Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Selfridges' famous window displays - a tourist hotspot in London - have arrived in Birmingham's Bullring.

The curved window displays will be visible from 360 degrees and will be located at the main entrances from the Bullring mall.

Each year hundreds of thousands of people visit Selfridges in Oxford Street to see the displays.

"The arrival of windows is a historic moment for us, as it presents a unique opportunity to captivate our customers before they even set foot in the store."

– Vicki Cain, general manager at Selfridges Birmingham

Selectors for Rugby World Cup volunteers in Solihull

The draw for next year's Rugby World Cup
The draw for next year's Rugby World Cup Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Selectors choosing the 6,000 volunteers who will help out during the Rugby World Cup in England next year are in Solihull speaking to people who want to be part of it.

The volunteers who get selected by England Rugby 2015 following the try-outs will be part of 'The Pack'.

The process at Solihull College involves finding out more about the Rugby World Cup, and even a one-to-one interview.

The exhibition space has a history section, interactivity, a motivational video for would-be volunteers, and a real-life changing room to try kit on for size - where people can smell 'heat spray' scent.

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