Poverty not only affects a child's wellbeing but also their potential attainment at school. By GCSE, there is a 28% gap between children receiving free school meals and their wealthier peers in terms of the number achieving at least 5 A* - C (or equivalent) GCSE grades.
- Practical actions
- Audit high density areas and identify key schools in our communities to work with
- Engage with the schools and work with them to identify what the pressure points are for low income families who need the most help, agreeing ways we can help as a responsible business with a vested interest in the local community
- Identify suitable volunteering opportunities for employees, utilising practical skill sets (e.g. money advice, reading/writing)
- Case study
We're committed to work with CPAG to implement the 'Cost of the School Day' programme in a small pilot of schools within the communities we operate in.
To find out more about CPAG's work, click here.
- Make education more accessible for low income families
- Reduce stress and anxiety for parents and children
- Remove barriers to participation and negative experiences for children and young people
- Improve educational attainment of children
"Housing providers can play a vital role in helping to support families in their communities. It is great that Orbit is showing leadership with this campaign - we all have to work together to solve UK poverty."
Brian Robson, Acting Head of Policy & Research, Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF)