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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