Teachers fear a return to the classroom – because summer break has disrupted pupils' routines as discipline takes a hit

EMBATTLED teachers fear a return to the classroom – because the summer break has disrupted pupils' routines.

Discipline will have taken a hit over the holidays, leading to concerns of trouble in class when kids go back.

Six in 10 teachers say they're concerned about heading back to work.

Many youngsters will have slept less during the summer. Others, sadly, will not have had enough to eat, a study of 1,000 teachers found.

One in three teachers believe it'll take a full week for students to settle back into learning.

To help, Kellogg's is running trials of a ‘back to school breakfast club’ to ease the transition.

The pilot will allow schools to offer all children breakfast after the holidays in the aim that students are ready to settle down more quickly after.

Trials will take place in Derby, Ebbw Vale, Wales, Bolton, Stockport, and London.

If the tests are successful, the scheme could be offered to more schools.

Peter Cansell of the National Association of Primary Education said: “With all the disruption which has taken place in children's lives and learning this year, this is a great initiative by Kellogg’s.

"It will demonstrate the value of children not being hungry before the beginning of the school day and help them to concentrate more easily and enjoy learning.

“Teachers often report how much more settled children are when they have started the day with a good meal.

"The environment of the breakfast club gives them a flying start to the day.”

When asked what makes the biggest different to pupil behaviour over the holidays, 67 per cent of those polled said a lack of discipline, while almost half – 49 per cent – said a lack of sleep.

A further 22 per cent said not having enough to eat was a big factor.

A quarter of teachers polled said that, in the first week back, more than an hour a day of education is lost.


The effects of the pandemic are also still taking their toll, as almost a third – 31 per cent – of teachers have suffered from an increased lack of sleep since the crisis began.

Chris Silcock, Kellogg’s UK and Ireland managing director said: “The research emphasises the benefits of breakfast clubs, especially during the first week back at school.

“They provide the essential fuel children need to help them concentrate and settle back into a routine.

“This year Kellogg’s is investing even more in supporting school breakfast clubs through our grants programme and charity partnerships.”

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