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Tackling child poverty: a guide for schools

15 October 2020
Prior to COVID-19, there were more than four million children living in poverty in the UK – that’s nine children in a classroom of 30. In London, that number rises to 11. While the full economic impact of the pandemic is yet to be seen, we know that low-income households are bearing the brunt, and for families living in the capital things are likely to get worse before they get better. Even prior to COVID-19, the high cost of rent, childcare and travel made it very difficult for London families on low incomes to cover basic costs. In addition, families with children have been hit the hardest by cuts to the social security system, squeezing family budgets even further. In the face of this, our public services have a crucial role to play in tackling child poverty and ensuring children and families recover from the pandemic.

The Cost of Learning in Lockdown: family experiences of school closures

18 June 2020
To understand how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted children’s experience of learning, we conducted some research through surveys and interviews. We gathered the experiences of 3,600 parents and carers, along with 1,300 children and young people, with an emphasis on the experiences of low-income households. We found that the cost burdens of school closures have fallen most heavily on families already living on a low income.

Tackling poverty in schools: final project report

12 March 2020
CPAG, alongside Diane Dixon Associates, have been working with schools in London to explore the role of primary schools in tackling child poverty. This report contains an outline of the main project activities, as well as a summary of the key learning to emerge from the project with a particular focus on how to scale up this type of work in schools.

Pushing Back: Our take on life in poverty in London

18 October 2019
This report has been developed by the A Different Take London panel. We are a group of children, young people and parents with experience of living on a low income, and people from Child Poverty Action Group and the University of Leeds. Between January-June 2019 we have been discussing our own experiences and priorities and talking to the people in our communities, to develop our own agenda around the most important issues affecting the lives of people in poverty and what we think should be done about them.

Living Hand to Mouth

27 August 2019
Living Hand to Mouth, by Rebecca O’Connell, Abigail Knight and Julia Brannen, brings the latest research on food poverty together with the voices of children and young people experiencing food poverty first hand.

The costs of education in an age of austerity: a local study

15 May 2019
This report presents the findings of a small-scale, local study of the costs of education in secondary schools in Oxford, from the viewpoint of parents. The research was conducted by the Oxford and District Action on Child Poverty group, whose goals were: to assess the costs of education for children in secondary schools in Oxford; to find out how families perceived these costs and their impact, and if and how they managed to cover them; and to learn what schools had done to respond to the impact of these costs on families and the outcomes of their responses. The focus was on pupils in year 7 in secondary school.

Extended schools

05 June 2018
CPAG has published a new report with the University of Sheffield on extended schools. There has been a slow creep from the systematic, statutory intent of the extended schools programme to the piecemeal landscape of today, in which charitable provision has played an increasing role.

Child poverty and education: A survey of the experiences of NEU members

02 April 2018
A joint National Education Union (NEU) and Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) survey received responses from 908 NEU members working in early years, primary and secondary schools and settings across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Unfinished business: where next for extended schools?

19 September 2016
CPAG and the Family and Childcare Trust map the current provision of extended schools in the UK and compare it with parental demand for services.

Let's All Have Lunch!

17 September 2013
This report makes the case for why London local authorities should invest in universal free school meals for primary school children.