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Schools 'cannot cope' with extreme poverty
Schools are struggling to cope with increasing numbers of children raised in Dickens-style poverty, according to a teachers’ leader.
Some pupils from the poorest areas arrive at school without toilet training, unable to dress themselves or use a knife and fork, it was claimed.
Lesley Ward, president of the 160,000-strong Association of Teachers and Lecturers, warned that many children were also being relied upon to raise younger brothers and sisters and lacked stable father figures in the home.
One in seven pupils lives 'close to only one secondary' In a speech, she said it was “next to impossible” for schools to counter the effect of serious deprivation, family breakdown and a lack of parenting skills in many communities.
Mrs Ward, a primary school teacher from Doncaster, said Labour had “tried hard on this issue” but had failed to fill the vacuum left by the death of the mining and manufacturing industries in many working-class communities.
She said it meant a “small, significant and growing minority” of children were being raised in families with low expectations and a level of poverty “mirroring the times of Dickens”. It suggests some communities are living in conditions commonly seen in Victorian England.
“I am talking about perfectly healthy children who enter school not yet toilet-trained,” she said. “Children who cannot dress themselves, children who only know how to eat with a spoon and fingers, and have never sat around a table to enjoy a home-cooked family meal. Children who think that the word ‘no’ means if you throw a wobbly it will miraculously turn into yes.
“Children who get themselves, and sometimes their younger siblings, up in the morning. Children who bring themselves to school at very young ages. Children who sometimes don’t know who will be at home when they get home – if anyone. Children who don’t know exactly who the father figure is in the home from month to month.”
She added: “I know of a pupil who actually saw, from the classroom window during a lesson, his house door being kicked in and his dad being led out of the door in handcuffs – this was during Sats week. He did not achieve the level he should have. Are we surprised?”
Originally posted by stevegmu
It doesn't cost money to teach children basic skills. This sounds like more of a drug problem, than a poverty issue.
“Children who cannot dress themselves........Children who get themselves, and sometimes their younger siblings, up in the morning.