A survey carried out by the online Guardian Teacher Network involving 591 teachers across Britain has shown that almost half of teachers have bought food in for pupils who arrive at school not having eaten enough or any breakfast. 49% went on to say that they have taken food or fruit into school to give to children who haven’t had breakfast and 17% had given pupils money from their own pockets to buy themselves a lunch.

The results of the survey have urged the Royal College of GPs, the Nartional Association of Head Teachers and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health to ask ministers to determine whether it would be possible to extend the free school meals service to include a free breakfast service. This service is currently provided to approximately 1.3 million children in England some of whom are considered vulnerable.