I work a few hours a week at a small unit for secondary age pupils out of mainstream education. The sort we have there are definitely not PRU material, but are disengaged, have been bullied or have MH issues. Most of them come from homes in poverty, which is hardly surprising. However, they all have choices to make. These students are delivered to and from by taxi, have lunch provided, are taken on trips and visits, and have a team of 1 to 1 experienced teachers to help them gain enough qualifications to make a difference, and help them to get a decent job, and climb out of the poverty trap. Theydo English, Maths and ICT then can choose art, science, geography, food, film studies...........many different options all tailored to the individual. Now, most of the students recognise the opportunity given to them, and do their very best. But one or two..............................hmmm. You see, you can lead a horse to water but. One or two throw every opportunity back in the faces of those of us (with endless patience) who want to help them. They either fail to turn up, or turn up and refuse to do anything. However hard we try, and whatever incentives are offered, these few students refuse to engage with any member of staff. So poverty will be their future, because they have chosen NOT to work their way out of it. With all the political claptrap we've been subjected to recently, I know getting some people out of poverty will never happen, because whatever is offered to them, they make the wrong choices. Such a pity................ No amount of money will solve this. But we carry on trying.