‘Poverty-proofing’ project removes learning barriers

School’s innovative approach ensures poorer children are no longer missing out

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Perhaps surprisingly, among 374 pages of evidence to an inquiry on poverty and attainment in Scotland, there was only one from a state secondary school.

Tynecastle High in Edinburgh told of its singular efforts to get to grips with how poverty affects pupils lives – which have resulted in fresh approaches to everything from school meals, to sanitary health to end-of-year proms.

Laura Barnett, curriculum leader of English, says that “poverty proofing” the school has helped pupils to see their education in a different way. “It’s about making sure that students feel that we care about them, that ...

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