Schools providing for families living in poverty.
Commenting on research by University College London: Covid crisis reveals how schools are ‘propping up a failing welfare state’, Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:
“Through the NEU’s own research, we know the shocking levels of poverty that education staff are witnessing daily. Members spoke of families turning to schools or colleges for extra support during lockdown for the provision of basic learning resources such as pens, paper, and books. Schools having to set up food banks and teachers reporting they personally provide food and snacks to their pupils to ensure they have eaten during the school day have become part of everyday life in many schools. It is completely unacceptable that children are going hungry or don’t have basic supplies to access education”.
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