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Children's Charities in CrisisEarly Intervention and the State$
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Alison Body

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447346432

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447346432.001.0001

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State education: the relationships between schools and charity?

State education: the relationships between schools and charity?

(p.81) 4 State education: the relationships between schools and charity?
Children's Charities in Crisis

Alison Body

Policy Press

In chapter 4, we focus on education and explore how education has increasingly turned to charity in times of austerity. Education is a core service which provides the grounding, qualification and socialisation for children and young people, which will likely impact on them for the rest of their lives. A primary tool for increasing social equality, achieving aspirations and supporting children and young people to become active, pro-social citizens, it is unsurprising that this is an area of interest for many philanthropists, charities and voluntary sector organisations. Similarly, as schools face ever more fiscal, performance, recruitment and retention pressures, we see them increasingly turning to voluntary action – that is fundraising and volunteers – to counter resource pressures. This chapter explores this core concept, the relationship between education and charity. Focusing particularly on primary education which concentrates on 4-11-year olds, we investigate how charities shape and support education, and indeed how schools engage in voluntary action to support their day to day delivery. We consider the implications of this work and what this means for the charitable sector. We finally conclude with what this means for schools, and most importantly what this means for the children they seek to serve.

Keywords:   Primary Education, School funding, Early Intervention, Voluntary action, Fundraising, Headteachers, School cuts

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