Laura Sharman 18 November 2020

Over half of teachers have worked with homeless children, study reveals

Over half of teachers have worked with homeless children, study reveals image

More than half of state teachers (56%) have worked with homeless children in the past three years, a new study has revealed.

Shelter found it is now commonplace for teachers to work at a school with children who were homeless or became homeless, who often experience hunger, poor hygiene and absenteeism.

The research found 88% of these teachers saying children missing school as a key issue, with 87% reporting children are coming to school hungry.

A follow-up survey found almost three quarters of teachers (73%) said homeless children or children living in bad housing have had their education more negatively affected than children in suitable housing.

Polly Neate, chief executive of Shelter, said: ‘Without a safe and secure home, a child’s life chances can be deeply disrupted. This is a national scandal - and without action, the extra harm being done to homeless children as a result of the pandemic may never be undone. Homeless children must not be the invisible victims of this crisis.’

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