Launched during Challenge Poverty Week in October 2016 and running until December 2016, the findings of this latest survey of EIS members' perceptions of how poverty arising from cuts to social security benefits, poor wages and insecurity of employment, is impacting in the classroom, make sobering reading.
Results indicate that poverty and its related socio-economic disadvantage continue to mar the school experiences of far too many of our children and young people.
These results underline the crucial influence of family income on children's engagement and participation in school, and the extent to which children and young people can thrive on the opportunities offered by education.
The results of this survey are important to educators. While the comprehensive education system in Scotland cannot unilaterally eradicate poverty, it continues to have an important role in mitigating its effects.