This episode considers the impact that poverty has on children, families and education – and what schools can do to address these consequences.
We look at the national picture of increasing child poverty (4.3 million children and rising live below the poverty line), the causes of poverty, the barriers it creates to education, and the impact of Covid.
We discuss why free school meals/Pupil Premium is a poor proxy for poverty and how schools can better understand the (often hidden) poverty in their families and communities.
We then focus on a range of practical ideas and advice for supporting pupils and families living in poverty and consider how we can break down the many barriers that poverty creates across our communities.
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