Staff at Knowle DGE School in Bristol are supplying the youngsters with the food at a weekly cost of £280.
The teachers refused to let their pupils go hungry and are buying cereals, bread and fruit juices - so pupils will no longer complain they feel 'sick' and 'angry' with hunger.Hang on, I thought teachers were so hard up they could barely afford to eat themselves?
Spokeswoman for the school, Joanna Greenwood admitted teachers felt it was ‘unfair’ that they had to pay but refused to let the children go hungry.
She said: ‘We feel it’s really important that a child has a good start to the day. Hunger and thirst is a very big trigger for negative behaviour.
‘If the meals aren’t in place then they aren’t able to engage and focus and be able to learn.
‘We have a very good network of staff in our learning centre and they’re willing to help out as much as they can.’And while they are feeding the kiddiewinks, what are mum and dad (assuming there’s a dad in the picture) spending their money on?
Previously, the school had facilitated a breakfast club but after the charity which provided funding collapsed in August, the teachers agreed to buy the food themselves.
Knowle DGE has now applied to another charity - Magic Breakfasts - for funding.This one isn’t (as you might expect) a fakecharity; as far as I can see from its records, its income is mostly from fundraising and donations. Which is something, I suppose.
Mark Cousins, from the charity visited the school today to discuss pupils’ needs with teachers. He said: ‘The teachers are actually paying for these breakfasts out of their own pockets at the moment because it is so important to give the pupils a good breakfast.
‘I’ve been speaking to some of the children there and they say that without the breakfast club they are too hungry to concentrate.
‘Some were feeling a bit sick from hunger and said it affected them to the point where it was making them angry.
‘Some of the stories are just heart-breaking.’Yes, I'm sure they are.
I’d carefully rehearse my kids in sob-stories to be deployed for the ears of do-gooders and simpletons if I wanted to ensure someone else fed them, too…