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The impact of poverty on school life

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Gulwali and the young commisioners

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Exposing the true impact of poverty on school life

The Children's Commission on Poverty is being led by children to discover, for the first time, what poverty really looks like – through young eyes. 

The young commissioners have led an inquiry into the true costs of school life for children living in poverty. Following this comprehensive investigation, they have launched their report and recommendations making it clear that urgent change is needed to make sure that children living in poorer families are not isolated, stigmatised or excluded from opportunities at school. 

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Full report: At what cost? Exposing the impact of poverty on school life

Executive summary: At what cost? Exposing the impact of poverty on school life

‘I hope that the voices of young people within policy can be heard more and more. I believe we should be listened to more when tackling the big issues — like child poverty — facing our society today.’

Yousif, age 19, young commissioner