Poverty forces malnourished school children to steal – UK school heads
Various schools all over England and Wales are reporting increasing number of food-related theft among malnourished pupils, who are “filling their pockets” with food from school canteens.
During interviews at the National Education Union Conference in Brighton, a number of school heads were reporting similar cases, where hungry students steal food items in order to “survive.” This was despite government interventions that have already been in effect.
The school heads also noted that they see a rise in theft incidence after weekends, when school children spent more time at home. They describe these kids as as grey skin, poor teath and hair, and thinner.
“Monday morning is the worst,” a school head named Lynn said during the interview.
That is why the Department of Education is now launching a social mobility action plan, which aims to narrow the gap between the disadvantaged and their peers.
The government has earmarked some £2.5bn in investments in disadvantaged pupils through the Pupil Premium and another £26m investment in breakfast clubs.