Child Poverty Action Group

Communications Manager (UK Cost of the School Day)

Location
London (Greater)
Salary
£35,674 - £37,656 pro rata
Posted
24 Sep 2019
Closes
11 Oct 2019
Hours
Part Time
Contract Type
Contract

Communications Manager (UK Cost of the School Day)

28 hours per week

Salary £35,674 - £37,656 pro rata

Fixed term contract for 3 Years, 4 days per week

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) is now recruiting a part time Communications Manager who will lead communications relating to the UK Cost of the School Day project, ensuring that learning and evidence from our work with schools is communicated effectively to all our audiences, leading to lasting change.

This project, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, builds on the experience of CPAG’s Cost of the School Day project in Scotland and Children North East’s Poverty Proofing the School Day programme.

CPAG are seeking candidates who are passionate about tackling child poverty to work on our innovative project in UK schools. This exciting role would suit someone with substantial experience in a fast-paced communications role and a background in developing and implementing media, advocacy and communications strategies.

This is a fixed term position, which is funded for 3 years.

Flexible working arrangements may be available for this role.

Closing date for applications: 9am, Monday 7 October 2019

Interviews will take place in London on Friday 18 October 2019

Project background 

School costs can put pressure on low-income families and put children at risk of missing out on opportunities and feeling different, excluded and unhappy. The Cost of the School Day project involves children and young people, parents/carers and school staff in identifying financial barriers and taking action to remove them.

"Children who are unable to participate in the same activities as their peers will very often not feel included and this can have a negative impact on health and wellbeing. The key is finding possible solutions to ensure all children have the same opportunities." (Primary teacher)

Taking a Cost of the School Day approach:

  • Empowers children and the whole school community to work together to poverty proof their school;
  • Reduces the harm of stigma as a result of poverty by auditing school policies and practices to identify those aspects of school life that place additional pressure on low-income families; and
  • Ensures inclusion and equal access to all the opportunities education offers by removing barriers to learning and participation for children and young people from low-income households.

CPAG believes that every child from a low income household must be able to make the most of the school day. Expanding on our work in Scotland, the project will continue to ensure that disadvantaged children have greater access to educational opportunity, by identifying and supporting changes to policies and practices both within individual schools and across local authority areas to reduce cost pressures on low income families.

Putting children in the lead, CPAG will be working with official project partners, Children North East, to poverty proof 128 schools across the UK. Drawing on the outcomes from these individual schools the project will build an evidence base for shaping school level action and local authority-wide system change resulting in a UK-wide cultural shift towards a fairer education system for children living in poverty.

For more information about CPAG and Children North East’s projects and work to date please follow the links.

https://cpag.org.uk/cpag-scotland/cost-school-day

http://www.povertyproofing.co.uk/

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