Poverty Proofing

Poverty Proofing the School Day is a project to support schools in understanding the barriers and challenges faced by pupils and families who are living in poverty.

Poverty Proofing the School Day is a project to support schools in understanding the barriers and challenges faced by pupils and families who are living in poverty. Through understanding, schools are enabled to make positive changes to their policies and practices. A charity called Children North East devised this national programme and Suffolk County Council (SCC) commissioned the concept and process, working in seven Suffolk schools during 2023-24. As a result of this collaboration, SCC Public Health are now learning from trends in school experience and providing positive actions that other Suffolk schools can take to mitigate the impact of poverty within their own schools. In the coming months, this webpage will be built into a Tackling Poverty in Schools Toolkit.  


Here is the first of several documents that will identify barriers in and around school life and considers how stakeholders across Suffolk can address those inequalities. It is called a Common Themes Report which School leaders can use as an overview of those main barriers/ themes coming out in schools audited, with the aim to be able to look at it from a wider level, to identify good practice and the barriers young people face across the area.