The one place where it can be particularly miserable to be poor is in school. The Poverty Proofing the School Day initiative seeks to help schools identify and tackle the many financial barriers that prevent pupils from fully partaking in school life. Emma Lee-Potter explains

Poverty affects nearly one in three children in the UK today. School can be a daily struggle for youngsters from low-income families, especially if they experience stigma and barriers to their learning.

Some find it difficult to do their homework because they lack IT resources at home while others miss out on school trips and extra-curricular activities because their families can’t afford to pay for them.

These are the type of issues that Children North East, a charity based in Newcastle upon Tyne, is determined to tackle.
It launched its Poverty Proofing the School Day initiative seven years ago and has since worked with hundreds of schools in the North East and beyond to improve awareness and develop equity of opportunity and experience for pupils.

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