Addressing poverty through advocacy Ravensbury Community School, at the heart of an East Manchester Action Zone, deals with the effects of poverty on the families it serves every day. Headteacher Linda Shaw believes that engaging parents in the education of their children helps to break the cycle of poverty. Her school has become the hub of community projects which the outreach members of the school’s staff operate. The programme features staff members Anne Roberts and Kay Hudson, who have developed successful methods of integrating pupils into the school. Members of the Parents’ Survival Class also have their say about the importance of the school in their lives.

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