Most teachers know pupils who come to school without having breakfast

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8th February 2016 16:46 - Education

A recent survey of teachers in England and Wales has revealed that approximately 4 in 5 teachers encounter hungry children, who have not Most teachers know pupils who come to school without having breakfastbeen given breakfast, arriving at school every week. As well as this, around two in three teachers said that they knew of children who routinely ate nothing until lunchtime.

Of the teachers, nearly 50 per cent said that some children come to school hungry at least four out of five days a week. Shockingly, 20 per cent said that they had brought food into school for children who had not eaten breakfast, in the last 12 months. A further 8 per cent said that they had given children money for food.

The survey of 765 head teachers, classroom teachers and supply teachers at both state and independent schools in England and Wales, was conducted on behalf of Kellogg’s, the breakfast cereal manufacturer.

Many of the teachers in the survey attributed poor behaviour to hunger, with hungry children being more sluggish and less able to concentrate. Of the teachers, 50 per cent said that hungry children were more likely to be disruptive during lessons and the majority agreed that hungry children caused trouble for children in their classroom and were more attention seeking.

Head of Policy at the Family and Childcare Trust, Jill Rutter, said of the research findings:

“Missing breakfast has a huge impact on children’s ability to concentrate, learn and behave, which affects their results and long-term outcomes.

“Governments in all parts of the UK now recognise that breakfast is essential to children’s learning. Despite these promising developments, there are too many children who still miss out.”

Approximately 20 per cent of the teachers said that the number of children coming to school hungry had increased in the last year, with many attributing it to money problems within their family, as well as benefit cuts, meaning that some parents were being forced to scrimp on breakfast to save money.

However, some teachers attributed the hunger to some children not leaving enough time in the morning to have breakfast at home, whereas others say that it can be attributed to parents or guardians not recognising the importance of breakfast.

A few of the teachers said that some parents were too busy to make their children breakfast and others said that parents were too lazy.

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