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  • A report by the Education Policy Institute has found that GCSE pupils in England outperform those in Wales. A couple of reasons might explain this:

*Higher levels of poverty in Wales will explain some of the difference, but a wider attainment gap between rich and poor pupils in Wales suggests this is unlikely to be a major explanation.

*England does have more pupils from minority ethnic groups, who tend to perform better at GCSE level.

To find out more, look in their report.

Young people we spoke to want schools to consider price, portion size and cultural and dietary requirements in the meals they offer, and provide a dedicated hunger teacher to deal with food poverty issues.

Rob Percival, Head of Policy at the Soil Association commented The Children’s Future Food Inquiry provides a sobering and challenging insight into the issue of poverty and hunger in schools.” See also the Soil Association’s report from last year The State of the Nation: Children’s food in England, 2018

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