South Cumbria headteachers joining forces against poverty
Last updated at 16:46, Thursday, 31 January 2013
HEADTEACHERS are placing the issue of poverty high on their education group agendas.
Around 30 school leaders from across Furness and South Cumbria met to add their experience and views to the work of Furness Poverty Commission.
The commission was launched by Barrow and Furness MP, John Woodcock, to shine a light on hidden deprivation, identify the underlying causes of poverty, and what these figures mean for children growing up in the area.
The commission will examine how existing agencies work to combat poverty and it will make recommendations to improve the lives of struggling families. In Barrow 2,900 children are living below the poverty line, the highest rate in Cumbria.
The commission is led by Caroline Hoggarth, the headteacher of Greengate Infant and Nursery School.
Mrs Hoggarth said: “It was very clear that across our schools we are all touched by poverty, whether it is pockets of poverty or high numbers of poverty, and it is increasing.
“Everyone was happy to work together and share experiences and ideas. We have decided that we will put poverty on the agendas of our heads meetings.”
Poverty will go on the agendas of the primary heads groups for Barrow, Ulverston and Dalton, and Furness Education Consortium.
Mrs Hoggarth said: “It is raising the profile of the issue. There was so much to talk about that we did not get through everything.
“The overriding feeling is that we are already doing a lot as schools.”
She said schools feel they have had to take on more roles because of the scale of cuts to local services.
Mrs Hoggarth added there was also huge concern among heads that the new curriculums being prepared for primary and secondary schools are “not fit for purpose”.
Mrs Hoggarth said the curriculums need to prepare children for their working lives through teaching key skills, giving them aspiration for work and showing them the important roles they can play in society.
First published at 16:41, Thursday, 31 January 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
Have your say
good work assistance is needed amongst the community.
we are going backwords if we have come to this. I remember the stigma which was attached to free school diners.
Make your comment
- Evening Mail readers offer to rehome abandoned Jack
- UPDATE: Barrow driver charged with attempted GBH by car remanded in custody
- Furness General midwife 'should never work again' - mother
- Cornered Barrow thief caused fracas
- Furness General midwife admits blunders which led to deaths of two babies
- Cumbria service that helps patients returning home gets extra funding
- Relief as second Cumbria climber accounted for after Nepal quake
- Cumbria mountaineer describes horrifying moment Nepal earthquake struck
- Cumbria man airlifted to hospital after ladder fall
- Signalling problems causing delays for Cumbria passengers
- Fan-tastic celebrations for Barrow AFC: with picture gallery
- Lakes riders shine in South Cumbria time trials: with picture gallery
- Runners make dash for Dalton 10k
- South Cumbrian darter aims for world's top 64
- Barrow AFC crowned Conference North champions: with picture gallery (25 comments)
- Special day for Barrow AFC skipper
- Proud Edmo hails Barrow AFC title success: with picture gallery
- Crarey delight as Barrow Raiders run riot (3 comments)
- Holker cruise into play-offs: with picture gallery
- Furness start title defence in style: with picture gallery
- Sea cadets prepare for their Big Clean
- Big Clean at Bardsea Beach
- Nation’s tribute for five flying heroes
- Mystery lady to sell at auction for £10k
- Winning village team could get 1,500 fans
- Selling the secrets of ship technology
- Classic cars set to return
- Why the speed trap claptrap?
- TRAVEL REVIEW: Tracing granddad Bert’s footsteps in ill-fated campaign
- FOOD REVIEW: The Plough, Lupton