Funding is made available to schools to help them narrow the attainment gap that still exists between pupils from disadvantaged and more affluent backgrounds (pupils from families who have claimed free school meals are referred to as ‘disadvantaged’).
Whilst we cannot say that all ‘disadvantaged’ pupils face the same level of challenge / intensity of barrier, these are some generic or main barriers that our ‘disadvantaged’ children are more likely to face. These include:
- Lack of cultural capital/ expectations/ self-belief – narrow experience of life outside school
- Low aspirations and/or low self-expectations from pupils and parents
- Poor literacy/numeracy levels – less support at home (with school work)
- Broken family structures – family stress and low resilience
- Socio-economic disadvantage i.e. poverty
- Safeguarding and welfare issues which may lead to Social Services involvement
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