Schools ‘Propping up Welfare State’ during pandemic, researchers warn

A briefing report, published by academics at University College London (UCL), finds that schools serving populations with high levels of poverty shouldered a significantly higher burden in addressing problems relating to food insecurity and housing during the height of the health crisis.

The study, which interviewed dozens of parents and staff at seven schools across England with both high and low levels of deprivation and numbers of coronavirus cases, shows that addressing food insecurity was the most immediate priority for all the schools involved in the research. Read more.