A year of action to make sure that No Child is Left Behind
Published on 19th November 2018
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Children and young people in Cheltenham will be at the heart of a year-long project in 2019, designed to support those living in poverty. No Child Left Behind launches on 20 November with a brand new social media campaign – follow us on Facebook and Twitter @NCLBchelt
All children and young people deserve to thrive and live in happy, supported communities. In some small areas of Cheltenham however, the number of children living in poverty is over 43%. The England average is 26.85%. The worrying finding has come from Cheltenham Children’s Needs Assessment 2018.
A year of action – starting in January - has been designed, with partners to address the main areas of concern. Educational, fun and supportive events, activities and campaigns will engage and involve young people and offer them the confidence to get support if they need it.
The themes will focus on healthy relationships, confidence, physical and mental health, budgeting and future careers. Plans underway include a child poverty summit, children’s festival, careers fair and family cooking on a budget.
Councillor Flo Clucas, cabinet member for healthy lifestyles said: ‘’The figures are incredibly worrying and together with our partners, we are taking the issue of child poverty in Cheltenham very seriously. We have brought partners together in a determined drive to attack the problem and improve the lives of our children.
‘’We need to close the gap between those who are doing well and those who are doing less well. Growing up in poverty can create long-term disadvantages for children. In launching our No Child Left Behind initiative, we want to make sure that every child has the opportunity to be heard, to feel safe and to thrive.’’
Julian Moss, assistant chief constable (operations) at Gloucestershire Constabulary is supporting the campaign, he added: “Aspiring to be a child friendly county, that gives children and young people the very best start in life is of vital importance to all our futures. That’s why Gloucestershire Constabulary is supporting Cheltenham’s year of action to make sure no child gets left behind.”
The borough council will be working with many local partnership organisations to deliver the programme including the Gloucestershire Constabulary, Cheltenham Borough Homes, primary schools, The Cheltenham Trust, Gloucestershire County Council, the BID and many others.
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The Cheltenham Children’s Needs Assessment also revealed that:
- many children living in poverty come from households where there are one or more adults in work
- Children in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) have significantly worse outcomes at all levels of education.
- There is also a correlation between FSM and exclusion from school – schools where more children are eligible for FSM have higher rates of exclusion.
- Almost a fifth of children in Cheltenham schools said they were ‘not at all confident/not very confident’ about their future.