Children left behind: How poverty still creates an educational gap between more and less advantaged children.
ATL Cymru demands action to combat the effects of poverty on children.
More than half of all school children living in poverty - 1.2 million - are missing out on free school meals, reveals shocking new research by The Children's Society. And 700,000 are not entitled to free school meals at all.
Teachers care passionately about their pupils and strive to close the education achievement gap, but their job becomes more difficult as inequality and poverty levels rise – as they will under Conservative party policies
In 2014, there were over 3.5 million children living in poverty in the UK. That is 28% of all UK children - or for those of us in education, 9 children in every class of 30.
The UK government’s recent report on social mobility and child poverty concludes, from a strong and extensive range of evidence, that schools account for around 20% of the variation in attainment between children.
There is now convincing evidence that the world is warming at the fastest rate for over 100,000 years and that humans are responsible. It is estimated that the effects of global warming will impact most heavily on those living in the poorest areas of the world. Concerns about sustainability are rooted in an acknowledgment that continuing as we are is no longer a viable option.
Politicians and the media repeatedly cite low aspirations as a major barrier to young people achieving in education. A programme of research from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation examined the role of children and parents’ attitudes, aspirations and behaviour in shaping their educational outcomes.
Poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life." Nelson Mandela, speech in Trafalgar Square, London, 2005.