NASUWT fighting child pverty

Child Poverty Facts

  • 3.7 million children in the UK are living in poverty today. That’s 28 per cent of children, or 9 in a classroom of 30.
  • Children from poorer backgrounds lag behind at all stages of education.
  • By the age of 3, poorer children are estimated to be, on average, 9 months behind those from more wealthy backgrounds.
  • By 16, children receiving free school meals achieve 1.7 grades lower at GCSE than their wealthier peers.
  • As a direct result of tex and benefit decisions, children in relative poverty will have risen from 2.3 to 3.6 million by 2020 (Institute for Fiscal Studies projection).
  • Child poverty reduced dramatically between 1998/9-2011/12 when 800,000 children were lifted out of poverty. Since 2010, child poverty figures have flat-lined. The number of children in absolute poverty has increased by 0.5 million since 2010.

(Source: Child Poverty Action Group,

Financial Hardship

NASUWT opposing the Government’s cuts

In the last 12 months:

  • almost three quarters of teachers have seen pupils come into school hungry;
  • over a quarter of teachers report purchasing food for pupils out of their own pocket;
  • four firths of teachers were aware of pupils lacking in concentration due to eating poorly;
  • over two thirds have lent or given essential education equipment to pupils;
  • over four fifths of teachers have seen pupils wearing clothes inappropriate for the weather conditions;
  • over a quarter of teachers knew pupils who had lost their home due to financial pressures and more than a third knew pupils living in temporary accommodation;
  • two thirds of teachers reported pupils not able to participate in educational activities due to lack of money;
  • over half of teachers say financial hardship causes pupils to feel anxious, alienated and disaffected.

(Source: NASUWT Research 2016,


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