Poverty Proofing the School Day

Poverty Proofing the School Day

‘Everything was fine until the dreaded lunch bell sounded’

‘Look there’s Hope,
She’s got holes in her shoes,
Pays nothing for dinners,
And holds up the queue’s,
Going home with a face full of sorrow,
But don’t worry Hope,
We’ll get you tomorrow’

Children North East, along with the North East Child Poverty Commission have developed a toolkit for ‘poverty-proofing the school day’ from a child’s perspective.

The approach involves working with children, staff and governors from four schools in the North East to find out how schools can avoid inadvertently adding to the marginalisation and stigmatisation of children living in poverty. The project developed as a result of the Children North East photography project and exhibition in 2012 and was funded by the Policy and Representation Partnership at VONNE.

For more information on the toolkit and how schools can be involved, please visit www.povertyproofing.co.uk


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