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Beating the poverty trap

Continuing her focus on child poverty and its impact on education, Karen Sullivan looks at what schools might do to mitigate the negative impact that disadvantage can have

In my last article, we looked at the growing incidence of poverty, and the challenges that students caught in the trap experience – and the very real scars that it can leave (Talking about child poverty, SecEd, September 2018).

Despite teachers and other staff often helping out students suffering from deprivation – with food, the occasional hand-out or loan, clothing and even tampons – these types of short-term actions are unsustainable. No school has a budget for this, either, and with funding cuts digging deeper, there is little prospect that there will be spare money to help even the neediest of children.

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