London teachers pay to feed hungry pupils, survey says

12:26 18 December 2012

Teachers took part in a survey. File picture: PA Wire

Teachers took part in a survey. File picture: PA Wire

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Teachers at London schools claim pupils are starting the day hungry because their parents are unable to afford breakfast.

More than three quarters of the 164 headteachers and staff who took part in a London Assembly survey said they had been forced to step in and help as a result.

Of those, 61 per cent said they had paid for food for pupils from their own pocket.

Other findings revealed around one fifth of those questioned said between 11 and 15 pupils in each class went without breakfast, and 19 per cent gave food to pupils regularly.

The majority of those questioned believed going to school hungry affected pupils’ concentration.

The survey was part of the assembly’s health and environment committee’s investigation into food poverty in the capital, which is also looking at a growing demand for food banks and breakfast clubs.

Labour’s Fiona Twycross AM, said: “I think most people will share my concern about the shocking numbers of children going hungry across the capital. “Thank goodness for caring teachers who pay for food for hungry pupils out of their own pockets – although it is scandalous that they have to in this day and age.

“What worries me even more is what is happening during the school holidays when this extra help isn’t available.”

A report will be published early next year.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest London politics news

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner from the Movement for Reform Judaism has said she doesn't think MP Naz Shah is anti-Semtiic

Rabbi Laura Janner Klausner welcomed Naz Shah into her home last week for an interfaith feast for Passover - and this morning said that she would like to take the suspended Labour MP to Israel.

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Should Ken hoist his rucksack on his shoulders and walk on out? (Picture: PA Images)

Ken Livingstone, former Mayor of London, has been suspended from the Labour party after he made comments about Hitler, Zionism and ‘the Israel lobby’ on the radio this morning.

Thursday, April 28, 2016
The Evening Standard publishs around 900,000 copies a day in the capital  (Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

The Evening Standard’s London mayoral coverage is “consistently and overwhelmingly” biased in favour of Zac Goldsmith, giving him both more and more positive coverage than his Labour rival Sadiq Khan, according to a study by Goldsmiths University academics.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Lee Harris is the CISTA candidate for the London Mayoral Election 2016. He advocates legalising cannabis and setting up marijuana cafes in the capital (Picture: London24)

“One love!” is the catchprase of the hippy, ‘head shop’ owning, 79-year-old CISTA candidate for London Mayor. London24 talks legalisation, munchies and more with counterculture legend Lee Harris.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Big Ben will stop ticking for months (Picture: Getty)

One of London’s best loved landmarks, Big Ben, is about to fall silent after hundreds of years bringing in the hour at Westminster.

Monday, April 25, 2016
Prince Zylinski relaxes with a green veg smoothie. Picture: Duncan Raban

Prince John Zylinski may be an outsider in the London Mayoral race but he thinks he’s got what it takes. If he gets elected, he promises to build a million houses and make cyclists get number plates - and ban Nigel Farage from London.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Read more
Yummy traditional afternoon teas for two

MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Traditional Afternoon Teas for two at a location of your choice! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Read more

Latest Tech News

Transport