The YouGov poll of 765 teachers in England and Wales, for Kellogg’s, says 78% see children coming into school hungry at least once a week, while 36% say it happens every day. And 20% say the problem is worse than last year.
NASUWT teachers’ union chief Chris Keates, said: “Children’s lives are being blighted by poverty and the increasing financial pressures on their parents.
“Poverty takes a physical and emotional toll on children. Children living in poverty often suffer more ill-health and absenteeism from school and cannot concentrate when they are hungry.
“Teachers and other public service workers are struggling to pick up the pieces caused by this Government’s economic and social policies.
“The Government has a responsibility to tackle, not generate, poverty and homelessness.”
The 293,000-member NASUWT also fears the increasing cost of school meals is causing further grief for parents.