Paying Parents To Help Children With Homework?

A few weeks ago, I read an article which discussed a scheme to be trialled in Middlesbrough and Camden, North London in which parents will be paid up to £600 to attend ‘parenting academies‘ where they will learn to help their children with English, Maths, Science and Reading. The move is thought to be intended to help poorly educated parents develop their own skills which will in turn enable them to help their children. The Child Poverty Action Group has found that 3.7 million children in the UK are living in poverty. Those in receipt of free school meals gain on average 1.7 grades lower at GCSE than their more affluent peers and this translates to lower earnings over a lifetime. It is clear that we need to do something to break the cycle of poverty in the United Kingdom, particularly as current projections expect child poverty to rise to 4.7 million by the year 2020.

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