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S8 E6 The One About Poverty

Updated: Mar 17, 2023


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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