With food inflation expected to hit 17% early this year (Nabarro, 2022) there is a heavy sense of foreboding looming over schools at what they will witness in the coming, cold months of the spring term.
It feels like a perfect storm in schools at the moment.
Amid Covid recovery, an unprecedented mental health crisis among our children and young people (Newlove-Delgado et al, 2022), the frightening resurgence of Group A Streptococcus and scarlet fever, and continuing Covid infections and absence, schools are also witnessing many of their families being pushed to the edge financially; being pushed to breaking point.
The cost of living crisis, driven by record inflation levels of around 10% at the time of writing, is pushing many families into worsening poverty and food insecurity.
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