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Having a house doesn’t mean you have a home

The rise in temporary accommodation will damage more children’s education, life chances and health

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In the national effort to close the attainment gap in Scotland, an important priority for teachers and schools is encouraging parents and carers to support children in their learning at home. Unfortunately, for a growing number of children, there’s a fundamental problem with learning at home: they don’t have one.

At the last official count, in September 2017, there were 6,581 children in temporary accommodation in Scotland. This is the highest number in seven years. Averaged out, that’s more than two children for every school in the country – although schools in deprived communities will see ...

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