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Welsh pupils most likely to live in poverty

24/02/2011 Kelly
Teachers in Wales are more likely to have children from impoverished backgrounds in their classrooms than their counterparts in England or Scotland.

That is according to a new report from Save the Children, which has revealed that around 1.6 million under-16s in the UK live in what could be described as severe poverty.

In particular, the charity's study found that around 14 per cent of Welsh children are likely to suffer as a consequence of severe poverty, compared with just nine per cent in Northern Ireland, with economic difficulties affecting not only a child's nutrition but their education too.

"Children up and down the country are going to sleep at night in homes with no heating, without eating a proper meal and without proper school uniforms to put on in the morning," explained Save the Children's head of UK policy Sally Copley.

Meanwhile, the government recently urged Britain's top universities to step up their efforts to take on youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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