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

Naven, L., Sosu, E. M., Spencer, S. and Egan, J. (2019) The influence of poverty on children’s school experiences: pupils’ perspectives. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 27(3), pp. 313-331. (doi: 10.1332/175982719X15622547838659)

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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.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Egan, Mr James and Naven, Ms Lynn
Authors: Naven, L., Sosu, E. M., Spencer, S., and Egan, J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Public Health
Journal Name:Journal of Poverty and Social Justice
Publisher:Policy Press
ISSN:1759-8273
ISSN (Online):1759-8281
Published Online:05 September 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © Policy Press 2019
First Published:First published in Journal of Poverty and Social Justice 27(3):313-331
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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