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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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Free School Meals for All

In the UK today, 30% of our children – 4.3 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 expand the lifeline of free school meal provision to every child, starting with those attending primary school.

No school should have to run a food bank. Join our Free School Meals for All campaign and add your voice to the growing call that no child is left behind. 

Demands on Government

To start turning the tide on poverty, the next government needs to:

  • Scrap the two-child limit, which will lift 250,000 children out of poverty and mean a further 850,000 will be in less deep poverty. 
  • Invest in free school meals for all children, starting with those in primary, which will boost education and health outcomes, as well as delivering huge returns for the economy. 
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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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