Teachers ‘lacking insight’ to deal with pupil poverty

School staff risk ‘traumatising’ disadvantaged pupils, charity tells inquiry

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Doubts have been cast over whether teachers know enough about poverty and how deprivation can “define a child at school”.

The lack of expertise in this area at school, MSPs have been told, is putting pupils at risk of being treated in a “traumatising” way, and has prompted calls for universities to do more to inform student teachers about the effects of poverty on students.

In evidence to a parliamentary inquiry on poverty and attainment, Barnardo’s Scotland says: “Our experience is that there can be a lack of understanding from teaching staff about the impact of poverty and adversity, in ...

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