By Eleanor Harding for the Daily Mail
Published: 01:49 BST, 2 April 2018 | Updated: 01:50 BST, 2 April 2018
Exam results have become a ‘secondary consideration’ for some deprived schools because they have to concentrate on simply feeding and clothing pupils, teachers have warned.
School staff revealed they regularly take children for a morning shower, wash their clothes and give them free food as they have not had that basic care from their parents.
Many have created clothes banks at their schools to supplement uniform – with some pupils even wearing it at the weekend as they have no other clothes. Teachers also go to second-hand shops at the weekend to buy beds for children forced to sleep on the floor at home.
School staff revealed they regularly take children for a morning shower, wash their clothes and give them free food as they have not had that basic care from their parents
Members of the National Education Union working in the UK’s most deprived areas said these extra challenges made it difficult for them to concentrate on exam results.
Jane Jenkins, who works in an inner city primary in Cardiff, said: ‘When people are asking you about standards and you know, “why is your school not higher in the league tables”, often that is very much a secondary consideration for us these days.
‘We supplement, regularly, packed lunches that children