Is a Child's Future Determined By Their Background in the UK?

Megan Hughes | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Hughes

In a time of economic austerity it is hardly surprising that public opinion has turned to those receiving benefits from the state, particularly those who do not work. Repeated stereotyping and manipulation of statistics in the media have painted many of Britain's poorest citizens as lazy good-for-nothings living a life of luxury at our expense.

Closing the Gap

Simon Barnes | Posted 09.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Simon Barnes

Designed to give the UK's most disadvantaged children an academic boost, the pupil premium is a £1.25bn allowance to be spent on disadvantaged students: those eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and children of members of the armed services. It is an excellent initiative that has the potential to genuinely improve the academic attainment of tens of thousands of children.

350,000 Children In Poverty Could Lose Free School Meals, Charity Warns

PA | Posted 19.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education

More than 350,000 children could lose their free school meals under the government's planned welfare reforms, a charity has warned. An analysis by ...

Free School Meal Confusion Schools' Fault... Or Is It Government's Fault?

PA/Huffington Post | Posted 16.02.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Schools are asking poorer parents to sign up for free school meals even if they don't intend to use them in order to boost funding, campaigners claime...

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...

One In Six Students Skip Breakfast, Raising Concerns Over Behaviour

PA | Posted 06.01.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Around one in six secondary school pupils are going without breakfast, a study suggests. It raises concerns that skipping breakfast will leave youn...

Thousands Of Children 'Failing' Three Rs

Lucy Sherriff | Posted 29.11.2011 | UK Universities & Education

Scores of schoolchildren are falling behind in their three Rs - reading, writing and arithmetic - after just three years of school. Key stage one f...