Schools are being forced to fill in the welfare gaps in many communities as the effects of austerity continue to hit deprived families the hardest: ‘Hundreds of governors say their schools are washing the uniforms of pupils to ensure they can come to class in clean clothes. The worrying finding comes from a survey of more than 5,000 governors and trustees of schools and academy trusts carried out by Tes and the National Governance Association (NGA). The survey revealed concerns about school funding, teacher recruitment and governance within multi-academy trusts.’ https://www.tes.com/news/pupil-poverty-among-5-key-school-governor-concerns What do you think of the survey’s findings? Should schools be responsible for welfare services such as washing pupils’ uniforms? Do you think the list of school responsibilities will keep on growing during this age of austerity?