School closures reveal the many ways we are failing our most vulnerable students

The lockdown has exposed and aggravated a crisis of inequality in our education system that will affect disadvantaged students’ lives long into the future

3rd May, 2020
School closures reveal the many ways we are failing our most vulnerable students
The Department of Education responded to the pandemic with a €10 million grant, taken from funds already earmarked for technology in schools

At Larkin Community College in Dublin’s north inner city, the first concern of the staff when the school closed down was not how would their students be educated. It was how would they be fed.

The management team went through their student lists and identified those already receiving supports, such as free lunches and Leap cards. In the first week, the school gave those students vouchers for food. In the second week, they...

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