Poverty

The Commissioner's office has published work around the relation of poverty and educational achievement.

Poverty publications

Briefing: Involving children and young people— holiday hunger programmes in Scotland

Emilie Boettger, September 2017. Many programmes exist in Scotland that aim to reduce holiday hunger, and children and young people have a right to be involved in decision making around them. This paper examines the complexities around making sure this right can be exercised.

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“Living is more important than just surviving.” Listening to what children think about food insecurity

Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland, Nourish Scotland and HomeStart UK, October 2016. “Living is more important than just surviving.” is a small-scale study looking at children's views of food insecurity.

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Learning lessons: young people’s views on poverty and education in Scotland

Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People and Save the Children, June 2014. This joint study examines young people's views on how to better support young people experiencing poverty to achieve at school.

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Poverty, educational attainment and achievement in Scotland: a critical review of the literature

Anne Pirrie and Edward Hockings, July 2012. This critical review of the literature on the links between poverty, educational attainment and achievement aims to provide a clear picture of recent policy and research relating to addressing the attainment gap and to promoting young people's achievement. There is a particular emphasis throughout on developments in policy and practice at the national and local levels in Scotland, although there are some references to salient developments in England.

The review was commissioned in response to the outcome of a RIGHT blether, the national consultation by Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People.

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