Education and poverty

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Programme Manager
Research Administrator
01904 615946

How does poverty affect children’s education?

Children growing up in poverty are less likely to do well at school. This can put them at a disadvantage in later life which, in turn, can affect their children.

Our research looks at what role children’s and parents’ attitudes, aspirations and behaviour play in influencing children’s attainment in school. It shows ‘raising aspirations’ per se is unlikely to improve attainment, but good-quality parental involvement programmes can do so.  

The programme also looks at other social, educational and economic factors that affect learning, and explores the role of education as a route out of poverty.

We hope that by understanding these relationships, we can influence policies and practice that will break the link between poverty and low attainment.

Read a round-up of our findings 

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