1 Sep '14

News Schools and poverty: 'It's a nightmare at this time of year'

From uniforms to study trips, state schools don't do enough to mitigate the corrosive effects of poverty on their least well off pupils, say campaigners."It's a nightmare at this time of year. We just don't have the money." The new academic year is imminent, and for Hattie, who is a full-time carer for her disabled daughter Alice, that normally means a long shopping list of school clothing and equipment.Alice, 17, is in the sixth-form at her Yorkshire state school, and uniform is no longer required. But Hattie recalls with horror the cost: branded coat, jumper, PE kit, tracksuit - even compulsory football boots, even though they might be used just twice a season. Continue reading...

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