83% of Primary School teachers say children come to school hungry

Polling released today on behalf of Chefs in Schools found that 83% of 527 Primary School teachers surveyed said children come to school hungry, with 81% of those teachers saying these numbers have increased in the past 6 months. 

Only families who earn below £7,400 are entitled to free school meals in England, whereas in Scotland and Wales free school meals are being introduced for all children at primary level, while Northern Ireland’s eligibility threshold is twice that of England’s at £14,000. 

Meanwhile, 85% of teachers surveyed said there are children in their school who are not eligible for free school meals, but would benefit from receiving them. 

69% of those surveyed said that their school was providing advice to parents on where to access food, such as foodbanks, and 46% were offering food parcels. 

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The tables for this research can be found here

Survation conducted online polling of 527 Primary School Teachers in England on behalf of Chefs in Schools, between the 26th and 27th August 2022. 


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