Responding to a report published today (Wednesday 31 July 2019) from the Work and Pensions Committee on poverty in the UK, Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, which represents the majority of schools in England, said:
“School leaders are seeing more and more hardworking families struggling, and more children living in poverty. A recent NAHT poll showed that 81% of school leaders have seen an increase in the number of children coming to school hungry in the last five years. We know that often the one proper, nutritious meal a child gets a day is at school. School leaders therefore worry about what happens to the children in their schools during the holidays.
“Children who go hungry during the holiday start the new term at a disadvantage compared to their peers who have enjoyed a more wholesome diet and lots of activity. Schools are taking action where they can, but holiday hunger is a national problem that the government needs to tackle urgently if they are serious about making the UK a fairer and more equal place to live.”
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