Breakout A3 Poverty Proofing
Georgina Burt – Presentation slides
Child Poverty Action Group
Georgina Burt is the England Development Manager for the UK Cost of the School Day project at Child Poverty Action Group, working across the education sector with schools, local authorities and policymakers to make schools more inclusive and equitable for children from low-income families. An advocate of providing opportunities for young people to be heard, she utilises the experiences of children and young people in their own words as a basis for challenging policy and practice in schools. She has a wealth of practical insight which she uses to encourage schools to think differently about how to enhance the school experience and improve participation for children growing up in poverty.
Child Poverty Action Group works on behalf of the more than one in four children in the UK growing up in poverty. It doesn’t have to be like this. We use our understanding of what causes poverty and the impact it has on children’s lives to campaign for policies that will prevent and solve poverty – for good. We provide training, advice and information to make sure hard-up families get the financial support they need. We also carry out high-profile legal work to establish and protect families’ rights.
The UK Cost of the School Day projects helps all children and young people to take part and be happy at school. We work with everyone to make sure money is never an issue. Uniforms, trips, school lunches, P.E. kits, pencils and pens, and dress down days can be difficult to afford for low-income families. When children and young people can’t take part in opportunities because of cost, they miss out and feel excluded, and it is harder for them to learn, achieve and be happy at school. We work with whole-school communities to identify and reduce cost barriers faced by pupils from low-income backgrounds. We also produce resources for schools looking to explore this further: cpag.org.uk
CoLCC Breakout A3