Poverty, Income and Children’s Educational Attainments

Open to Everyone
Free to Attend

Star Education Centre 116 Hyde Road, Ardwick, MANCHESTER M12 5AR

Ian Plewis

Professor of Social Statistics, University of Manchester

A well-established finding from research is that children living in poverty do less well on average on tests of educational attainment than children who live in more advantaged circumstances. The talk will review some of the explanations proposed for this finding, drawing on recent work that uses the UK’s rich heritage of longitudinal studies. One implication of the research is that the desirable action of taking families out of poverty should raise attainment; the talk will draw on the speaker’s own work to discuss how far this proposition is supported.