Children are lashing out in the classroom because they are hungry, teachers have said.

Nearly two in five teachers have seen a child become violent towards other pupils or staff and they put it down to a lack of food, according to a survey.

Pupils become distracted, moody and disruptive in lessons because of hunger, teachers say.

The survey finds that more than a quarter (27 per cent) have seen pupils lash out at other children – including kicking and scratching – and they say it was due to the pupil not eating breakfast.

A further 12 per cent said a child has been violent towards them for the same reason, according to the Opinium survey of 1,000 primary and secondary school teachers.

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