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West Essex teaching union pledge thousands to supply learning materials for children

Covid-19 / Tue 16th Feb 2021 at 12:09pm

IN recognition of the extraordinary challenges faced by schools in England and Wales, the National Education Union recently launched an appeal – with an initial £1 million fund from the NEU – to supply learning materials such as pens, paper, card and crayons for those pupils who do not have these remote learning essentials in their homes.

4.2 million children are growing up trapped in poverty – an average of 9 children in every class of 30 – with many more families being pushed into hardship through job losses, illness and changing circumstances. Too many children do not have the tools for home learning.

Schools and colleges have been doing everything they can to meet this need, but they were already under considerable financial strain before the pandemic. The added costs of Covid-security means that students’ needs far outstrip school budgets.

West Essex District NEU has pledged £2000 to the National Campaign and will be donating £3500 to support children in hardship across our area.

They will send YH further information about local schools receiving help with Learning Packs, in the very near future.

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