Too many children are turning up at school hungry, poorly dressed and unfit to study because of rising poverty levels, a teaching union warns today.Really? Tell me, teaching union, does this also happen in Africa or India or South America, where real poverty exists?
Do those teachers wail and gnash their teeth and rend their garments in the national press? Or do they shut up and get on with the job?
In an ATL survey of 627 teachers from primary, secondary, sixth form and further education colleges, almost 80 per cent said they had students living in poverty.So, six out of ten didn’t think the recession made it worse?
Four in ten thought the recession had made matters worse, and 86 per cent said it was affecting the general well-being of pupils.
And what do these geniuses recommend? Wait, no, don’t tell me, let me guess….
Staff believed one-to-one support was important to help pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds stay in education, along with extending free school meals.Of course! More of everyone else’s money, and greater employment opportunities for teachers…
The problems are to be raised at ATL's annual conference in Liverpool next week.How about we look at why people who can’t afford to raise children properly keep on having them anyway?
Its general secretary Mary Bousted said: 'It is appalling that in 2011 so many children in the UK are severely disadvantaged by their circumstances and fail to achieve their potential.
'The Government should concentrate on tackling the causes of deprivation and barriers to attainment that lock so many young people into a cycle of poverty.'