Henry Hepburn

‘Poverty is tightening its grip on Scottish children’

More pupils are turning up hungry or showing signs of mental illness, teachers warn

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Growing numbers of children are coming to school hungry and suffering from poverty-related physical and mental health problems that make it harder to learn, according to alarming new research from Scotland’s biggest teaching union.

The findings, seen by Tes Scotland, also suggest that pupils from poor families can struggle with ICT-based homework, fundraising events and trips – and may even skip school to avoid the shame they feel.

The EIS teaching union’s Face Up to Child Poverty report for 2016-17, which is formally launched today, is based on a survey of members in which two-thirds of ...

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