Poverty Proofing the School Day
We know that poverty is a strong predictor of educational attainment with
more than 6 in 10 children on free school meals failing to secure 5 good GCSEs.
Overall, this means a gap in outcomes of around 27% at Key Stage 4 between
those pupils on Free School Meals and other pupils.
And yet we hope – perhaps even expect – our schools to be able to
compensate for this situation.
North East Wellbeing offers a Poverty Proffing Toolkit. The main aims of the
Toolkit are to reduce the stigma and discrimination children and young people experiencing poverty face in schools; as well as to remove barriers to learning to support schools to reduce their attainment gap. The Toolkit may also assist schools in helping to decide and plan the most effective way to spend their Pupil Premium allocation.
For further information about the Poverty Proofing service, or to arrange for the provision of Poverty Proofing in school, please contact us.
Alternativey, please visit http://www.children-ne.org.uk/poverty-proofing-school-day where you can sign up and find more information.
The Poverty Proofing service involves specialised training and audit of needs, whereby an action plan is established and individually tailored to each school that will identify and remove barriers to learning, reducing the stigma and discrimination faced by pupils.