14 Apr 2019

Worsening child poverty stopping learning, say teachers

Children from low income families are avoiding school because they’re worried about being bullied, teachers have warned.

A new survey by the national education union says some children are coming to school without having eaten for two days, while others can’t afford basic equipment like pens and rulers.

Teachers say a lack of government funding means measures to tackle poverty, like free breakfast clubs, are being scrapped.

We’re joined by Shoshannah Thompson, Headteacher at Halley Primary School in Tower Hamlets.