Recession 'blighting pupils' lives'

Teachers are reporting that more children are arriving at school hungry, dirty, and struggling to concentrate. A study from the Prince's Trust also reports that teachers are seeing in increase in the number of malnourished children.

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School children 'victims of financial crisis'

The Prince's Trust has warned that school children are becoming victims of the financial crisis.

A survey of teachers has revealed that record numbers are reporting children are coming to school hungry, dirty and unable to concentrate.

  • 65% of teachers report children do not have clean clothes at least once a week
  • 40% of teachers report children do not have clean clothes every day
  • 57% of teachers say they have pupils who come to school hungry once a week
  • 39% of teachers say they have pupils who come to school hungry every day

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'Half of teachers' see malnourished children

New research by the Prince's Trust suggests that half of teachers see malnourished children in their classes. Researchers say the problem has been made worse by the economic downturn.

Laura Granger is one of the teachers who took part in the survey.

Meanwhile, eight out of ten teachers said they regularly see children coming to school in dirty clothes.

A high proportion also said they worried their pupils would end up living off benefits as unemployment levels rise.

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