CPAG are now recruiting for six Practitioners to carry out the delivery of the UK Cost of the School Day project in schools in England and Scotland.
Practitioners will work with schools to take action on cost barriers and provide support across local authorities to ensure that Cost of the School Day is sustainable in the longer term. We are seeking:
- 2 x Practitioners in Coventry (England)
Working in partnership with Coventry Council Education and Health and Wellbeing departments, the work of this post will build on Coventry's aim as a Marmot City to tackle poverty and health inequalities across the city.
- 2 x Practitioners in London (England)
Working in partnership with Greenwich Borough Council's Children's Services and Communities and Environment departments, this post will build on the Council's Social Mobility Strategy. Practitioners will also work in partnership with the Bi-boroughs Education Service (Kensington and Chelsea and the City of Westminster), building on their existing Good Practice Network led by a local Primary School.
- 2 x Practitioners in Moray (Scotland)
Working in partnership with Moray Council Education and Social Care department, the work of this post will build on the Cost of the School Day Moray conference in February 2019 and be informed by Moray's Local Child Poverty Action Plan.
School costs can put pressure on low-income families and put children at risk of missing out on opportunities and feeling different, excluded and unhappy. The Cost of the School Day project involves children and young people, parents/carers and school staff in identifying financial barriers and taking action to remove them.
"Children who are unable to participate in the same activities as their peers will very often not feel included and this can have a negative impact on health and wellbeing. The key is finding possible solutions to ensure all children have the same opportunities." (Primary teacher)
Taking a Cost of the School Day approach:
- Empowers children and the whole school community to work together to poverty proof their school;
- Reduces the harm of stigma as a result of poverty by auditing school policies and practices to identify those aspects of school life that place additional pressure on low-income families; and
- Ensures inclusion and equal access to all the opportunities education offers by removing barriers to learning and participation for children and young people from low-income households.
CPAG believes that every child from a low income household must be able to make the most of the school day. Expanding on our work in Scotland, the project will continue to ensure that disadvantaged children have greater access to educational opportunity, by identifying and supporting changes to policies and practices both within individual schools and across local authority areas to reduce cost pressures on low income families.
Putting children in the lead, CPAG will be working with official project partners, Children North East, to poverty proof 128 schools across the UK. Drawing on the outcomes from these individual schools the project will build an evidence base for shaping school level action and local authority-wide system change resulting in a UK-wide cultural shift towards a fairer education system for children living in poverty.
The UK Cost of the School Day project, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, builds on the experience of CPAG’s Cost of the School Day project in Scotland and Children North East’s Poverty Proofing the School Day programme. For more information about these projects and work to date please visit our websites.
Deadline for all applications is on Monday 23 September 2019, 9am. Interviews will take place during weeks commencing 30 September and 7 October.
See job packs on our website for further details.
We will soon be recruiting for Practitioners in Wales.