Poverty is harming children’s capacity to learn and it’s getting worse, suggests a survey of teachers.
Pupils who go to school hungry from cramped, noisy homes where they can’t sleep properly, struggle to learn says the National Education Union (NEU).
“I try to teach my phonics group as I am giving others cereal to eat,” one teacher told NEU researchers.Ministers say employment is at a record high, wages outstrip inflation and fewer people are in “absolute” poverty.
But the NEU says anecdotal evidence from its members suggests more families are falling into poverty.
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