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Cost of living crisis: Conversations with students

The cost of living crisis is biting hard. Pupils, families, and school staff are all suffering. In two articles, Sean Harris considers how to support both pupils and school staff. He begins by focusing on how we might respond with our pupils and their families

Families across the UK are feeling the impact of the cost of living crisis. Too many of the pupils and families that we serve in schools this will be more than a pinch.

Rising energy costs, bills and inflation look set to create a harsh winter for so many, both in and beyond our schools.

Indeed, research by NASUWT (2022) found that 58% of teachers said they had personally given food or clothing to their pupils in the last academic year and 63% said their school had done so. Six in 10 said they had made referrals to outside agencies, with 35% saying they had helped a pupil’s family get access to a food bank.

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