N1, London
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Cardiff, Cardiff
£32,491.00 - £41,118.00 per year
Contract, Part-time, Full-time
Job description

Project posts

CPAG and Children North East are now recruiting a range of fixed-term posts to carry out the delivery of the UK Cost of the School Day project. These posts include:


  • A Project Lead who will manage the roll out of the project in England and Wales and support the expansion of the project in Scotland.
  • An England Development Manager who will ensure direct practice in schools provides an evidence base that shapes policies and practices in schools and local authorities across England.
  • A Wales Development Manager who will ensure direct practice in schools provides an evidence base that shapes policies and practices in schools and local authorities across Wales.
  • A Stakeholder Communications Manager who will lead all external communications relating to the project, ensuring that learning and evidence from our work with schools is shared effectively with stakeholders and the sector, leading to lasting change.
  • A Poverty Proofing Practice Adviser (employed by Children North East) who will provide quality assurance of the Poverty Proofing model in 128 schools across the project.

We will soon be recruiting for UK Cost of the School Day Practitioners who will deliver poverty proofing in schools across the UK. 


Project background 

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 applications for the Poverty Proofing Practice Advisor role is on Friday 30 August 2019, 4.30pm. Interviews will take place on Wednesday 11 September. 


Deadline for all other advertised roles is on Monday 9 September 2019, 9am. Interviews will take place during the weeks commencing 16 and 23 September.


See job packs on our website further details.

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Refreshed on: 30 August 2019
Closed date: 09 September 2019
Tags: Policy/Research, Project Management