The Good News – what schools are doing in Wales to reduce the impact of poverty on attainment.

Grigg, R., Egan, D., McConnon, L., Swaffield, L. (2014)

Poverty can be seen in a broad sense to cover everything that a person owns, access to community services, decent housing and social networks. The Welsh Government (2014: 10) simply defines poverty as ‘a lack of money’ and sees deprivation as referring to ‘wider problems caused by a lack of resources and opportunities.’ What does poverty mean to children? UNICEF measure absolute child poverty on the basis of whether children lack certain listed items considered normal and necessary for a child in an economically advanced nation.⁸ These include three meals a day, fresh fruit and vegetables, Internet access and regular leisure activities.