Poverty Proofing© the School Day Resources Hub

Cost of Fun poverty proofing resources

We have lots of free Poverty Proofing© resources available for schools on how to improve the experience of the school day for pupils, from top tips on subjects such as sports day, uniform and fun, to research reports sharing the voices of pupils living in poverty.

Practical Guides

Nine things you can do to start Poverty Proofing© your school >

Turning the page on poverty: A practical guide for education staff to help tackle poverty and the cost of the school day >

Cost of the School Day Calendar 2023/24: helping schools identify possible cost barriers during the academic year >

Supporting Families in Time of Financial Hardship >

Affordable School Uniform Provision Guide >

“I forgot my kit”: Poverty Proofing© school sports >

“These activities are great, but do they add additional burdens”: Poverty Proofing© Christmas in School >

“Let’s make World Book Day more inclusive”: Poverty Proofing© World Book Day >

“We’ve spoken to pupils who have been the recipients of food items their peers have brought in”: Poverty Proofing© Harvest Festival >

Five alternative and inclusive school fundraising ideas >



Research Reports

What is Poverty? >

A detailed exploration of poverty, its impacts on children, education and other aspects of life.

The Cost of the School Day in England: Pupils’ Perspectives >

A report focusing on our research so far in England highlighting some of the positive work being carried out by schools and sharing ways that pupils from low-income families face exclusion and stigma.​

The Cost of Having Fun at School >

A report capturing the experiences of pupils and parents with school fun. The quotes and experiences are taken from our work with schools and highlights what we’ve heard from focus groups with over 8,000 pupils as well as the views of parents and carers.

Fighting against poverty: case studies of school action >

A Newcastle University evaluation for school leaders sharing updated insights into Poverty Proofing© action plans, with a focus on how changes are being embedded in practice.

The Cost of Learning Lockdown >

A report sharing the findings of surveys carried out with parents, carers, children and young people on their experiences of learning during lockdown, with particular focus on families who are struggling with money.

Poverty Proofing© the School Day: Evaluation and development report >

A Newcastle University evaluation of the Poverty Proofing© the School Day programme, exploring need, effectiveness and impact for participating schools, their pupils and pupils families.

Poverty Proofing© review finds reducing stigma of poverty in schools improves attainment of all children >

Researchers from Newcastle University have identified a link between reducing the stigma of poverty in schools and the reading and maths attainment of pupils.


Blogs and Thought Leadership

Is swimming accessible to everyone? >

Poverty and Friendship >

All children should experience the joy of school fun >


Case Studies

“We’re looking at our curriculum and thinking about diversity”: One school’s Poverty Proofing© quest >

“Poverty Proofing taps into the power of pupils’ voices”: Chris Wardle, St. George’s High School in Blackpool >

“It really did deliver new understanding of how we can help our pupils and families”: Poverty Proofing© Swalwell Primary School >

Poverty Proofing© Wallsend Jubilee: “Taking part was another way to ensure we are offering a school experience in which everyone feels valued.” >