Disadvantaged Children

Let's Celebrate Creativity In The Classroom

Dr Clare Owen | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK
Dr Clare Owen

In our everyday lives, we need to be creative. Things come up that we didn't plan for: problems we didn't imagine we would have to solve, opportuniti...

What Should We Do About Mobile Phones In The Classroom?

Dr Clare Owen | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Parents
Dr Clare Owen

Everyone wants to stay constantly connected but at what cost? They're so easy to disguise. Slipping a phone out of a pocket to read a text takes a couple of seconds, but it's a significant distraction. There's the issue of the digital divide.

Things Lucy Taught Me...

Sally Holt | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK
Sally Holt

Life has not always been easy but I have been lucky. I have been educated, supported and informed. I have, for the most part, felt empowered. When I have not, I have been surrounded by friends, family and colleagues who have fought for me. Until I met Lucy, I did not appreciate how lucky that made me.

Why We Must Make Time For Reading

Dr Clare Owen | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK Parents
Dr Clare Owen

This is then a reminder, a wake-up call, to (head) teachers and parents. We need to prioritise reading. We need to make time and create environments in which young people chose to read. If we wish to encourage them to read for pleasure, we must be the readers we wish our children to be.

Whatever the Question is, Boarding School is not the Answer

Sally Fraser | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK
Sally Fraser

It must surely be time to move on from this anachronistic, condescending paternalism, so neatly reflected in phrases such as 'disadvantaged', 'deprived' and 'from challenging backgrounds'.

Opportunity and Accessibility: Two Essential Elements Required for Ensuring Sport Is Woven Into the Very Fabric of All Our Children's Lives

Tim Henman | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK Sport
Tim Henman

Election year is always a time to reflect on where we are as a country and on the things that really matter to us. What do we care about? And what can be done to make things better. As a sportsman and now as a father, I have always believed passionately in the power of sport to improve the lives of young people. I know from my own personal experience and from the achievements of the thousands of youngsters I have encountered throughout my professional tennis career, that sport has transformative qualities.

Where Your Money Goes...

David Ramsden | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
David Ramsden

Shay's story is just one of many helped by your support, and we're constantly working to help more children and young people across the UK. We are currently providing grants to over 2,700 projects and your donations go towards supporting children and young people facing a wide range of disadvantages...

Reflections on a Student-Led Summer Camp in London's Poorest Borough

Adam Seldon | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Adam Seldon

Hayley came to me last autumn with the idea of setting up a summer camp for children from deprived backgrounds. I nodded enthusiastically at her proposal but was frankly sceptical. Jess, co-founder of the camp, points out that students are eager to hatch lofty plans whilst nursing a drink but less inclined to see them through...

Improved Aspirations of Black Pupils Should Be Commended Not Condemned

Claudia Tomlinson | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Politics
Claudia Tomlinson

The increased aspirations of black pupils are to be applauded as higher education is more likely to lead to successful careers and higher income. Well educated citizens with improved employment prospects, irrespective of ethnic background are highly desirable for the economic development and social stability of any nation.

Literacy Odds Are Stacked Against Poor Children

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 15.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jonathan Douglas

The analysis of tests undertaken in 2009 has found that on average across OECD countries, disadvantaged students are twice as likely to be among the poorest performers in reading compared to better-off pupils.

The London Children Who Are Strangers to the Capital

Dr Tony Sewell | Posted 21.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Tony Sewell

Why doesn't this ambitious, motivated straight-As sixth-form student from one of London's inner suburbs know how to get into town, a distance of around five miles?

Literacy and Learning: Inspiring a Love of Reading in Young People

Ellie Stewart | Posted 21.09.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Ellie Stewart

Low literacy in young people is one of the crucial issues that IntoUniversity tackles, and we support children from the age of seven throughout their school years to the age of 18.

Rich Kids Two Years Ahead Of Poorer Classmates

PA | Posted 29.06.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Bright children from poor homes are more than two years behind their clever classmates from rich families, according to a new study. It found that ...

Foster Care Reforms Needed Alongside Focus On Adoption

Matthew Oakley | Posted 23.07.2012 | UK
Matthew Oakley

The last few weeks have seen a renewed focus from the Government on the system of care for children in England and Wales and, specifically, an attempt to fundamentally reform the adoption system.

Nearly Half Of Poor Children 'Don't Feel Safe At Home'

Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 08.02.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Nearly half of children receiving free school meals don't feel safe at home, a national children's charity has claimed. School-Home Support UK (SHS...

Cameron's 'Troubled Families' Initiative: A Good Start But No Quick Fixes

Enver Solomon | Posted 17.02.2012 | UK Politics
Enver Solomon

Given the wider economic and social pressures in the current era of austerity the task now is even harder than when Labour tried to tackle the same problem. And at the same time there will be more families falling into crisis who have yet to be identified by government.

British Pupils Face Worst Social Mobility Divide In Europe

Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 28.11.2011 | UK Universities & Education

British children's chances of academic achievement are more reliant on their parents' social standing than almost any other developed country in the w...

The UK's Blind Spots: Let's Not Forget the Single Parents in Need

Caroline Davey | Posted 17.01.2012 | UK
Caroline Davey

We all know the story. That one about the single mum living rent-free in a six-bedroom townhouse, shirking employment in favour of living off the state. Barely out of her teens herself, her army of children runs wild in the streets while she spends the tax-payers' hard-earned cash on fags and satellite TV.

In Defence of August Babies

Caroline Argyropulo-Palmer | Posted 01.01.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Caroline Argyropulo-Palmer

The report says children born in August feel less like they "control their own destiny" - perhaps had I known my destiny was so heavily weighted on the side of failure, I would have felt like that too. And perhaps I would look more like the August baby the report paints.