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Over 1.8 million school age children are starting the day hungry. NASUWT are supporting the School Breakfast Bill to ensure at-risk children have a free and nutritious breakfast, an important step to closing the educational attainment gap.

The child food poverty crisis has escalated throughout COVID-19. 2 million children experienced food insecurity during the first 5 weeks of lockdown alone. Even before the pandemic, however, 6 children in every class of 30 were at risk of hunger, preventing them from being able to focus in class. Without help, these children will fall behind their classmates, limiting their future education and employment opportunities.

We’re partnering with Magic Breakfast and Feeding Britain in support of the School Breakfast Bill to ensure no child is too hungry to learn.

Please join us in asking your MP to support the Bill, it takes just 1 minute:
bit.ly/schoolBB

You’ll be on the side of those who see the impact of hunger on children every day - a recent YouGov survey found that 86% of teachers surveyed support a nationwide programme to ensure children at risk of hunger have access to a free breakfast during the school term. It also found that 79% of teachers in schools with above average disadvantage think that hunger will harm efforts to catch children up on the learning they missed out on during school closures.

Research shows school breakfast provision tackles food insecurity and closes the educational attainment gap; leading to improvements in children's punctuality, attendance, behaviour and educational outcomes. If you agree that hunger should be no barrier to education, please email your MP:
bit.ly/schoolBB
 

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Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, 1.8 million school age children were at risk of starting the day hungry.

2 million children experienced food insecurity during the first 5 weeks of lockdown alone.

Before the pandemic 6 children in every class of 30 were at risk of hunger.

Research shows school breakfast provision is a highly effective solution to addressing the educational attainment gap and food insecurity; leading to improvements in children's punctuality, attendance, behaviour and educational outcomes.
A recent YouGov survey found that 86% of teachers surveyed support a nationwide programme to ensure children at risk of hunger have access to a free breakfast during the school term. It also found that 64% of teachers surveyed think that hunger will harm efforts to catch children up on the learning they missed out on during school closures. This rises to 79% of teachers in schools with above average levels of disadvantage.
 

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