As we are facing a cost of living crisis, and as many public sector workers are striking to secure urgent funding to these essential services, it feels timely to do an episode on Poverty.
What is it?
What causes it?
What are the effects of it?
What are the solutions?
How do we best teach it in our classrooms and how do we deal with it in our schools?
I think this episode will relate to any educator, not just RE teachers so please share it far and wide!
I chat to Sean Harris ( @SeanHarris_NE ) who is a trust improvement lead, educator, journalist and author and who is currently doing a PHd related to poverty and Louisa Harrop an advisor to the Litchfield Diocese.
Blair & Raver: Poverty, stress and brain development: New directions for prevention and intervention, Academic Paediatrics, 2016.
Hackman & Farah: Socioeconomic status and the developing brain. Trends in Cognitive Science, January 2009: https://bit.ly/3FMvT6X
Hanson et al: Family poverty affects the rate of human infant brain growth, PLoS ONE 8, December 2013.
Harris: Doorstep disadvantage: Beyond the Pupil Premium, SecEd, May 2021: https://bit.ly/3kjax8v
Harris: Crafting curriculum with disadvantage in mind, SecEd. 2021. https://www.sec-ed.co.uk/best-practice/crafting-your-curriculum-with-poverty-in-mind-disadvantage-pupil-premium-teaching-schools/
Jensen: Teaching with Poverty in Mind: What being poor does to kids’ brains and what schools can do about it, ASCD, 2009.
Harris: Neurology of poverty, SecEd, 2022 https://www.sec-ed.co.uk/best-practice/poverty-on-the-brain-five-strategies-to-counter-the-impact-of-disadvantage-in-the-classroom-cognitive-function-pupil-premium-pedagogy/
Marmot et al: Build Back Fairer: Covid-19, Marmot Review, The Health Foundation, 2021.
McLaughlin, Sheridan & Lambert: Childhood adversity and neural development: Deprivation and threat as distinct dimensions of early experience, Neuroscience and Biobehavorial Reviews (47), 2014.
Noble, Houston & Brito: Family income, parental education and brain structure in children and adolescents, Nature Neuroscience (18), 2015: https://go.nature.com/3nKTO0K
Raizada, Richards, Meltzoff & Kuhl: Socioeconomic status predicts hemispheric specialisation of the left inferior frontal gyrus in young children, Neuroimage (40,3), 2008.
Rowland: Addressing educational disadvantage in schools and colleges: The Essex Way, Unity Research School & Essex County Council, 2021: https://bit.ly/3AlHHMz
SecEd Podcast: Tackling the consequences of poverty, June 2021: https://bit.ly/3cUETeH
Wagmiller: The temporal dynamics of childhood economic deprivation and children’s achievement, Child Development Perspectives (9), 2015.
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