Posted: 16 January 2015

Through young eyes

After a three-month inquiry into how poverty affects England’s schoolchildren, the Children’s Commission on Poverty has unveiled its findings. The group of 16 children aged 10 to 19 found that the cost of essential items like uniforms, meals and textbooks is not only affecting family finances, but also children’s happiness at school.

The inquiry was part of a 12-month investigation into poverty and the group were in Parliament on 29 October to launch their findings in a report called At What Cost? Exposing The Impact Of Poverty On School Life. The group also explained how more needs to be done to address the stigma around being a child from a low-income family.

‘It shouldn’t be made a big thing so that we are embarrassed to get our free school meal’

‘It shouldn’t be made a big thing so that we are embarrassed to get our free school meal,’ says young commissioner Sibgha. ‘For example, if you receive a free school meal you would have a dot next to your name.’

EastEnders actor Rudolph Walker, MP Sarah Champion and Minister of State for Schools David Laws attended the event to show their support, while the young commissioners discussed their findings and ideas with politicians and journalists at a series of workshops. 

By Matt Summers-Sparks - Digital team
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