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- In 2013, 38% of pupils who qualified for Free School Meals got 5 good GCSEs, compared with 64% of their wealthier peers.
Government statistics, 2014 By the age of 5, children from lower income homes have a vocabulary almost one year behind that of their wealthier peers.
The Sutton Trust, 2010There are 3.5 million children living in poverty in the UK today. That's more than a quarter of all children.
Government Statistics, 2014Children who grow up in poverty are four times as likely to become poor adults, becoming the parents of the next generation of children living in poverty.
Child Poverty Action Group, 2012Every year, around 1 in 3 children on free school meals leave primary school with poor standards of maths and English - around twice the national average.
National Statistics, 2010Since August 2000, we have invested over £20 million in projects to help give all children the best possible education.This money has helped more than 140,000 children from 5,000 schools.Key figures
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- Education is the 21st Century battleground. SHINE is helping kids to fulfil their potential when their circumstances have made it hard for this to happen.
Gus O’Donnell, SHINE PatronSHINE’s work matters, particularly right now, because it gives the most disadvantaged in our society the practical help they need to make best use of their time at school……Thanks to SHINE, thousands of students can now explore their full potential and choose their own path in life.
Professor Dame Alison Richard, SHINE PatronSHINE tries to help people by looking hard at a problem and asking whether there’s a better solution……and by evaluating whether what they are doing themselves is working… SHINE demonstrates how philanthropy should work.
Gus O’Donnell, SHINE PatronGiving kids from poor communities some decent opportunities to really succeed at school has always been an incredibly worthwhile cause. Now we have such high levels of youth unemployment……it’s essential that these children leave school with the best possible grades and that makes SHINE’s work more important than ever.
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