Primary Education News

14 Oct '14

News Food, clothes, transport, beds, ovens: the aid schools are giving UK pupils

Headteachers are breaking the rules to feed children and their families because they say they cannot ignore the signs of povertyFiona Gittings, a headteacher in a large primary school in the south of England, is talking about a child whose mother was recently refused asylum. The family was homeless and had been moved from place to place. Finally, they were put in a hostel so far from the school that transport costs were prohibitive. Being in a hostel was terrifying and utterly unsuitable for the children, says Gittings. Carrying on coming to this school, where he was well settled, was so important for that child it was the only stability he had.So Gittings dipped into an emergency fund she has created to pay for a bus pass for both mother and child. She set up the fund a few months ago with £500 of her school budget, £500 from her parent-teacher association and £500 from the church. She knows she cant continue to pay for their travel though: one adult and one child bus pass for a month comes to about £100. So eventually the child may be forced to move to a new school. Continue reading...

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