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Vulnerable pupils: Poverty and mental health

There are clear links between poverty and mental health and wellbeing. Clare Stafford continues her series on vulnerable learners with a focus on how schools can mitigate the impact of poverty

Children and young people who are living in poverty are more likely to suffer from mental health problems, as illustrated by the UK Millennium Cohort Study of 11-year-olds (Iris Elliott et al, 2016). It showed that:

Such mental health problems in childhood can lead to reduced life chances by disrupting education and limiting attainment, affecting social participation and reducing the ability to find and sustain employment.

David Ayre is a project director at FutureGov, where he leads on organisational and digital transformation projects with local authorities. Until May this year, he was the head of service in the Strategy and Performance Unit at Doncaster County Council, where he looked after policy, strategy and innovation programmes for children and young people. And he has previously held roles across Westminster, local government and the third sector.

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