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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Police said the child, who was without a driving licence, was trying to make his way 2,500 miles from the east coast to Perth.
The 24-year-old was charged with 14 counts of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm and one count of throwing a corrosive fluid.
Winds will veer northerly overnight with colder air streaming in over the next few days.