The NUT is proud to be a member of the End Child Poverty campaign and also works closely with the Child Poverty Action Group.
The facts and figures on child poverty are truly shocking. Please see our Child Poverty EduFact.
Not enough is being done to address child poverty and inequality in Britain and the situation is getting even worse. Government policies are directly contributing to this as can be seen from the EduFact and from the facts and figures provided by the Child Poverty Action Group.
The NUT has also sought to raise awareness about the impact of poverty on children’s education through its own research. The growing problem of hunger among children during the holidays was highlighted through a survey of NUT members working in primary schools conducted in March 2017. Over half (51%) of respondents said that pupils at their school were affected by “holiday hunger”, while 80% of these reported that the numbers affected had increased over the last two years.
Teachers should not be blamed for the challenges facing children living in poverty. They cannot, alone, compensate for the child poverty which some of their pupils are facing.
Independent research, ‘Exam Factories?’, commissioned by the NUT shows how the current accountability system is having a disproportionately negative impact on disadvantaged pupils.
The academisation and school ‘choice’ policies promoted by the Government lead to social segregation and to what the Sutton Trust’s report, ‘Chain Effects 2015’, describes as a “double disadvantage” for children living in poverty.