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Small steps to tackle the big issue of child poverty

School communities need to pull together to support struggling families and mitigate the effects of disadvantage

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We recently surveyed parents about support from schools for families who have money worries. We did not expect the amount of detail, thought and care that went into their responses.

We received almost 400, with parents describing heartbreaking feelings of exclusion and isolation because of their financial situations. One wrote: “I want to find out what help is available but I am too embarrassed to ask.”

Another said: “I can’t afford the bus to the sports club, then the fees. I can’t afford anything. I don’t have a babysitter to go to meetings. Having, or attending, birthday parties isn’t ...

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