In 2019 the Mayor of London funded a pilot project to tackle child poverty through schools. The project worked with the Child Poverty Action Group and a small number of London primary schools to find ways to help teachers and staff already providing informal support low-income families. The project also explored the broader role schools could play in tackling child poverty and tested delivering welfare rights advice to parents on the school grounds.
- around 700,000 children in London are growing up in poverty, and this number is set to rise
- as a public service reaching all families, schools regularly see the effects of child poverty first-hand
- school staff are increasingly providing basic forms of support to low-income families