A primary school which said children fasting during Ramadan must go home for a rest has ditched the policy after complaints from parents, according to reports.

Newport Primary School in Newport Road, Leyton, told parents in a letter that pupils should take a break during the day for health and safety reasons and must be picked up by an adult, according to the BBC.

Parents are said to have complained as some were not available due to work commitments, leaving Muslim children unable to fast during the holy month.

The school has not commented but parents have reportedly been told children can now stay on school premises.

Waltham Forest council said the school was issued with advice from Public Health England.