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120,000 families to benefit from new £100 national minimum school clothing grant

30 May 2018
CPAG in Scotland is delighted to welcome the new £100 national minimum school clothing grant in Scotland following a longstanding campaign with One Parent Families Scotland, the Poverty Truth Commission and others for a minimum level of grant.

"Claim ‘school isn’t free’ as pupils miss out on subjects due to costs" - The Scotsman, 19 April 2018

19 April 2018
John Dickie, director of the Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland, giving evidence at the Scottish Parliament Education and Skills Committee's inquiry into poverty and attainment, highlighted Cost of the School Day evidence of the impact of having to pay for curriculum costs in subjects such as home economics, art and design, technical studies, English and drama and music.

"Claim ‘school isn’t free’ as pupils miss out on subjects due to costs" - The Scotsman, 19 April 2018

19 April 2018
John Dickie, director of the Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland, giving evidence at the Scottish Parliament Education and Skills Committee's inquiry into poverty and attainment, highlighted Cost of the School Day evidence of the impact of having to pay for curriculum costs in subjects such as home economics, art and design, technical studies, English and drama and music.

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.

Child poverty harms children’s educational opportunities

02 April 2018
Growing child poverty is affecting children’s learning, say NEU education professionals, and schools and education staff are increasingly providing the services and essentials of daily life to stop families falling through the cracks.

CPAG in Scotland Cost of the School Day submission to the Scottish Parliament's inquiry into poverty and attainment

22 March 2018
The Scottish Parliament Education and Skills Committee is holding an inquiry on the impact of experiencing poverty on young people at school, including their attainment and their achievement. In our response to the Committee’s call for written evidence on poverty and attainment we highlighted the importance of tackling the key drivers of poverty, as well as setting out the impact that action to reduce or remove cost barriers across the school day can make to children and their families.

The importance of income for children and families: an updated review of the evidence

Poverty 159 (Winter 2018)
It is an all too familiar fact that children from low-income households tend to do less well than children whose parents are better off. They have worse health, do less well at school, and are more likely to have behavioural problems.

Can we put the 'poverty of aspiration' myth to bed now? New research briefing from the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships

18 December 2017
This briefing paper by Morag Treanor of CRFR uses responses from parents and children in the birth cohort study Growing Up in Scotland to dispel the myth of the ‘poverty of aspiration’ widely used in education and policy circles in Scotland and beyond.

New national Cost of the School Day Parent Council Resource

19 November 2017
Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland (CPAG) and National Parent Forum for Scotland (NPFS) are delighted to launch a national Cost of the School Day resource for Parent Councils across Scotland.

Join NHS Health Scotland’s Facing Up to Child Poverty in Schools Practice Network

19 October 2017
Are you working to address the cost barriers of school for children and their families in your local authority area? NHS Health Scotland's Practice Network provides opportunities for peer support, the exchange of good practice and national support around these issues.