We live in a time where there are real concerns about the impact of poverty and inequality in our society. In one of the richest countries in the world, the numbers of children living in poverty are predicted to hit 3.4 million by 2020.
Throughout 2011 Children North East sought to better understand what child poverty looks and feels like from a child and young person’s perspective. With funding from the Webb Memorial Trust we distributed 1, 348 disposable cameras across the North East and asked children and young people to tell us what poverty looks like where they live. 11, 000 images were returned which powerfully conveyed strong themes and confirmed that child poverty is definitely not a thing of the past. These findings were shared at a national conference on child poverty at The Sage Gateshead in November 2011.
Discrimination in schools was found to be one of the biggest issues faced by young people.
In partnership with the North East Child Poverty Commission with funding from VONNE’s Policy and Representation Partnership, we begun the process of developing a way in which to Poverty Proof the School Day. 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.
Working together, we will help to develop an action plan individually tailored to each school; to identify and remove barriers to learning, reducing the stigma and discrimination faced by pupils.