The influence of poverty on children's school experiences: pupils' perspectives

Lynn Naven, Edward Sosu, Sara Spencer, James Egan

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Abstract

This study examined the potential influence of policies and practices on the ability of children from low-income families to participate fully in the school day. Pupils from six schools participated in 71 focus groups and revealed a range of barriers affecting their school experience: transport costs and limited support; clothing costs, stigma and enforcement of school dress codes; material barriers to learning at school and home; concerns about free school meals; missing out on school trips, clubs and events. Findings on school uniform were an important catalyst towards a recent policy change in Scotland in increasing the school clothing grant.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Poverty and Social Justice
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 5 Jun 2019

Keywords

  • poverty
  • attainment
  • barriers
  • children
  • school experiences

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    Naven, L., Sosu, E., Spencer, S., & Egan, J. (Accepted/In press). The influence of poverty on children's school experiences: pupils' perspectives. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice. https://doi.org/10.1332/175982719X15622547838659