Headteacher Update Podcast: Tackling the consequences of poverty

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

This episode considers the consequences that poverty has for children and their education and offers a range of practical ideas – large and small – for how primary schools can address these.

We look at the national picture of child poverty, the causes and impact, and the barriers it creates to education and school.

Our experts offer their key principles for how we should work to counteract the impact of disadvantage in schools.

We also offer a wealth of practical ideas for supporting pupils living in poverty.

We also discuss family engagement, the role of the curriculum, and how the Pupil Premium can and should be used, how we can boost Pupil Premium registration, as well as the pitfalls to avoid when allocating this funding.

This episode is hosted, as ever, by National Leader of Education Helen Frostick, a semi-retired primary school headteacher and our guests are:

  • Kate Anstey is the project lead for Child Poverty Action Group’s (CPAG) UK Cost of the School Day project. Kate has spent the last three years at CPAG working across the UK to understand how poverty affects participation in education, and what can be done about it. Visit https://cpag.org.uk/
  • Sean Harris is a part-time doctoral researcher with Teesside University investigating poverty in schools and how we tackle this in classrooms. Sean is also Trust Improvement Lead at Tees Valley Education Trust in the North East. Sean is a regular contributor to Headteacher Update. Visit https://bit.ly/htu-harris
  • Julian Morant has 35 years’ experience of teaching in inner London primary schools and 23 years of them as headteacher. For the past nine years Julian has been the headteacher of Christ Church Primary School, a one-form entry school in Brick Lane in Tower Hamlets, east London.

You can listen to this episode of the Headteacher Update Podcast above. To hear other Headteacher Update podcasts, or to subscribe for free to new editions, search for 'The Headteacher Update Podcast' in your podcast streaming application of choice. Or visit www.headteacher-update.com/knowledge-bank/podcasts/

For details about The Headteacher Update Podcast, or to suggest future topics, email editor Pete Henshaw at pete.henshaw@markallengroup.com

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