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Child poverty

The NEU’s No Child Left Behind campaign is fighting to break down the barriers poverty puts up around equal access to education.

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In the UK today, 29% of our children – 4.2 million – are trapped in poverty. That means the equivalent of 9 pupils in every class of 30 have been let down.

As educators, we know first-hand how poverty limits the life chances of children and significantly affects their educational experience and outcomes in school. We are calling on the Government to leave no child behind.

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Poverty is holding millions of children back

The Government must act to give children trapped in poverty the access to education they need:

  1. End child poverty: the Government must devise a child poverty strategy setting out clear policy objectives to tackle the prevalence of child poverty.
  2. Reform Universal Credit: Government must end Universal Credit deductions, lift the benefits cap and remove the punitive 2-child limit so that families can access the support they need.
  3. Invest in childcare: work towards a universal and free childcare system, delivered as public infrastructure, to help lift families out of poverty.
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Turning the page on poverty

A practical guide for members to develop individual practice and tackle the impact of poverty on pupil learning throughout the school day.

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