Eight in 10 primary teachers are buying items for pupils in need

A quarter of primary school teachers admit to having spent more than £100 of their own money this year alone buying items for pupils – including food and clothes.
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Research published this week by the National Foundation for Educational Research (Lucas & Julius, 2024) warns that more primary children are showing up to class hungry and with inadequate clothing.

Of a survey of 1,282 teachers and school leaders working in mainstream schools, 31% of primary professionals said they were seeing increasing numbers of hungry children turning up to school; 40% said they were seeing more children coming in without adequate clothing.

The primary school respondents estimate that around 12% of their pupils are coming in hungry, with a similar number not having proper clothing. They also state that 13% of pupils do not have the necessary books or equipment and 22% do not have a suitable working environment at home.

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