The Impact of Poverty on EducationEIS Education and Equality Conference
Poverty continues to be major blight on Scottish society and impacts on individuals and families in a host of differing ways. This major conference focuses on the impact of poverty on education.
"Living in a poor family can reduce children's expectations of their own lives and lead to a cycle where poverty is repeated from generation to generation.
As adults they are more likely to suffer ill-health, be unemployed or homeless, and become involved in offending, drug and alcohol abuse, and abusive relationships.
In tackling poverty it is crucial to break the cycle. Education is a key element of this, as are initiatives which involve people in developing their skills and finding their own solutions to the problems in their community."
Over the course of the morning session keynote speaker Dr John McKendrick, Glasgow Caledonian University and co-author of Poverty in Scotland 2011 will, along with a range of seminar providers, explore the causes and consequences of poverty. Presentation by Dr John McKendrick, Glasgow Caledonian University
The afternoon seminars will showcase a range of educational projects which have a positive impact on the effects of poverty. There will be keynote presentations from Anne Marie Carrie, Chief Executive, Barnardos and Aileen Campbell, Minister for Children and Young People.
With twenty seminar providers delegates will have the ability to structure the day to suit their own interests and specialisms.
The conference is free to EIS members who can also claim travel and subsistence expenses.
Title: 'From Easterhouse to Whitehall - addressing the impact of poverty on educational attainment.’
Anne Marie will share her personal experience of growing up on the Easterhouse estate in Glasgow and how this has driven her personal commitment to tackling poverty and the barriers that some children face in fulfilling their potential.
Bringing experience from a lifetime’s career in children’s services, from her time as a teacher, to her work as a local government Director, to her current role as the CEO of the largest children’s charity in the UK, Anne Marie will offer her insights on the challenges of responding to ongoing budget cuts and welfare reform.
She will discuss the impact of these changes and their implications for the education of children and young people.
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- Access to Seminar Resources
- Synopsis of all seminars (pdf)
- Anne Marie Carrie, Barnardo's
- Presentation by Dr John McKendrick, Glasgow Caledonian University