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

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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.
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Keywords: attainment; barriers; children; poverty; school experiences

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 2019

This article was made available online on September 5, 2019 as a Fast Track article with title: "The influence of poverty on children’s school experiences: pupils’ perspectives".

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