Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and Greater London Authority (GLA) are pleased to invite you to the launch of a new joint publication, 'Tackling Child Poverty: a guide for schools', which provides practical lessons for schools to help tackle child poverty.
Prior to coronavirus, there were more than four million children living in poverty in the UK – that’s nine children in a classroom of 30. In London, that number rises to 11. Our public services, including schools, have a crucial role to play in tackling child poverty and ensuring children and families recover from the pandemic. London’s schools are already supporting children from low-income households in innovative ways, and their efforts are producing results.
In this launch event, we will be hearing from CPAG staff about the 'extended schools' approach and the challenge of tackling school costs. We will also be hearing directly from practitioners at a London school about the steps they have taken to support low income families.
• Welcome and formal launch of toolkit (Dr Debbie Weekes-Barnard, Deputy Mayor, GLA)
• Extended schools approaches (Sophie Howes, Senior Policy and Research Officer, Child Poverty Action Group)
• The value for parents (parent representative, Colville Primary School)
• Lessons from a family worker (Amy Herbert, Colville Primary School)
• What needs to happen at a leadership level (Jagdeep Birdi, Executive Head, Colville Primary School)
• Cost of the School Day (Dave Bradley, England Development Manager, Child Poverty Action Group)
• Q&A session with the panel
This event is part of London Challenge Poverty Week (12 to 18 October 2020), a chance for us to raise our voices against poverty in the capital and show what needs to be done to sort it out.