Open letter to teachers from a single parent in poverty
For #ChallengePoverty Week a single parent to a nine-year-old boy wrote an open letter to teachers telling teachers what they should know about the challenges of her son’s life outside school. This was originally shared by Save the Children Scotland with the Tes website.
An excerpt of the letter is below:
My name is Debbie, I am a single mum to a nine-year-old boy, Charlie. We live in a one-bedroom flat. It’s tiny and cold, but we haven’t moved yet because I need to get a job.
The hardest thing about being out of work is getting back into work. Because I’m a lone parent, we’re looked at as being unfavourable for work because we need to take time off for the kids. I’ve also got mental health issues. Finding employers to take me on is quite difficult.”