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Poverty in Education Across the UKA Comparative Analysis of Policy and Place$
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Ian Thompson and Gabrielle Ivinson

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447327981

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447327981.001.0001

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Introduction: the landscapes of poverty and education across the UK

Introduction: the landscapes of poverty and education across the UK

(p.1) Introduction: the landscapes of poverty and education across the UK
Poverty in Education Across the UK

Ian Thompson

Gabrielle Ivinson

Policy Press

Poverty blights the lives of children and young people. Research has consistently shown that the most economically disadvantaged pupils across the United Kingdom (UK) have the poorest educational outcomes and that poverty has a pernicious effect on children’s well-being. However, far less is known about the ways that poverty is differentially experienced for children and young people in schools within the four jurisdictions of the UK. Are there historical, social and cultural factors that make poverty a postcode lottery in terms of quality of schooling in the different parts of the UK? Are successful local interventions context specific as the research evidence seems to suggest or can we learn from particular regions or cities? This introduction points out that anxieties about growing educational inequality in the UK have to be contextualised historically, geographically and in terms of the distinct political and socio-economic landscapes in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Keywords:   Child poverty, educational inequality, social disadvantage, policy landscapes

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