Commenting on the Science and Technology Committee’s report Energy Drinks and Children, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, said:

“The NASUWT is pleased that the Committee took serious note of the evidence that the NASUWT presented to it on the very real concerns that many teachers have about the impact which excessive consumption of energy drinks is having on pupil behaviour.

“The Union welcomes the acknowledgement from the Committee that the Government’s plan to introduce a ban on the sale of these drinks to children and young people, a move supported by the NASUWT, is legitimate.

“Teachers and school leaders continue to see first-hand the contribution energy drinks can make to poor pupil behaviour and pupils’ ability to concentrate in class and the NASUWT has been pleased to lead on their behalf this increasingly successful campaign to raise awareness of the impact of these drinks.

“The NASUWT believes that the voluntary bans which have been implemented by many major retailers as a result of the NASUWT’s campaign, while helpful, do not go far enough to protect children and young people’s wellbeing and statutory regulation to introduce a blanket ban is needed.

“The NASUWT will continue to engage with the Government over the introduction of a ban and support teachers and schools in addressing the factors which can contribute to pupil indiscipline.