Teachers afraid that schoolchildren are going hungry

Children are still turning up to school hungry and skipping meals
Children are still turning up to school hungry and skipping meals Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Children are still turning up to school hungry and skipping meals at lunchtime because they cannot afford to eat, according to new research.

In one case, a teacher found two girls sharing a packed lunch in the school toilets because one had no money for food, according to a report by the Children's Society charity.

The study, based on a survey of around 570 teachers, reveals serious concerns among school staff about the levels of hunger among pupils.

Almost three in four (72%) of the teachers surveyed said they have seen pupils coming into school with no lunch and no way to pay for one.

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Children going hungry at school

Children are still turning up to school hungry and skipping meals at lunchtime because they cannot afford to eat, according to research by the Children's Society charity.