The Daily Telegraph

Half of teachers give food or clothes to needy pupils

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More than half of teachers have given food or clothes to their pupils as families struggle to cope with the cost of living, a survey suggests.

The poll of 6,679 teachers by teachers’ union NASUWT found that teachers have also been providing referrals to food banks.

Six in 10 teachers responding to the survey said that by the end of the last academic year more pupils were coming to school hungry, while almost seven in 10 said more of their pupils were lacking in energy and concentrat­ion. Of those teachers surveyed, 58 per cent said they had given food or clothes to their pupils.

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