Housing and schooling: A case-study in joined-up problems

Jill Clark, Alan Dyson and Alan Millward

This report arises from a case-study of a school serving a social housing estate.

As families were increasingly housed on the estate on the basis of 'need', the school found itself facing a range of learning and behaviour difficulties in its pupils with which it felt unable to cope.

Housing and schooling charts the strategies adopted by the school and the estate's landlord in their attempts to address this situation, setting out both their failures and successes. It suggests that registered social landlords need to be more aware of how letting policies affect local schools but also argues that they should be wary of becoming front-line education services.