Closing the North East disadvantage gap

2nd Dec 2020

Schools North East
Target Audience
School Leaders
Cost (non-member)

Closing the North East disadvantage gap


Tuesday 2nd December, 10am-11.30am


Join Schools North East and the North East Child Poverty Commission for a panel discussion on the disadvantage gap in our region and the impact that the Covid pandemic is having on this issue. Prior to Covid-19 the North East had the second highest rate of child poverty of anywhere in the UK; experienced the steepest recent increase in child poverty rates; and continues to have the highest proportion of FSM pupils.

This event will consider the impact of the pandemic on disadvantage to date; what role the digital divide is playing in exacerbating this gap for North East pupils; and what more can be done to address this issue, both during and after the pandemic. This will include discussing whether we have regional ‘asks’ to put to policymakers.


Confirmed Speakers

Sean Harris, Ambition Institute
Lorna Nicoll, Children North East/Poverty Proofing
Sammy Wright, Social Mobility Commission and Southmoor Academy, Sunderland
Dr Hanneke Jones, Newcastle University





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