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Information for Teachers

Learning about poverty by students and teachers is an important way of creating awareness about poverty and building public support to eliminate it. Combat Poverty produced a range of information resources to support teachers in exploring issues of poverty and disadvantage with their students.


Our publications catalogue has information on all our publications - all of them are free and available for download.

There are three publications aimed particularly at teachers:

Ireland - A Level Playing Pitch: this resource is designed for use with the Transition Unit Ireland - A Level Playing Pitch? It enables students to explore and consider the causes of poverty in Irish society, the groups most likely to experience poverty, the factors which influence the likelihood of being poor, and what poverty means for individuals and families. It is a two-part publication comprising a teachers resource and a set of student activity sheets. Both parts are available for download below.

Download Ireland - A Level Playing Pitch: Open in PDF format

Counted Out: produced in partnership with the Curriculum Development Unit, Counted Out is a resource for teachers of Civic, Social and Political Education and related subjects. It is now out of print but may be downloaded here.

Download Counted Out: Open Counted Out in PDF format

Fair Shares: published by Combat Poverty in 1991 and revised in 1998, Fair Shares remains a valuable source of activities and ideas for discussion in the classroom. A supplement for teachers of Transition Year programmes, Poverty In Focus, was published in 1995. The facts and statistics may be updated from information on our website. Both are now out of print but are available here in PDF format - Fair Shares is large and may take a few minutes to download.

Download Fair Shares: Open Fair Shares in PDF format
Download Poverty in Focus: Open Poverty in Focus in PDF format

Information on poverty and social exclusion

Our website has a lot of information on poverty and related issues which you can use as a basis for classroom discussions and project ideas. The best starting point is the Poverty in Ireland section: the facts about poverty pages introduce the concept of poverty and summarise the latest data on how many people are poor and who is most affected by poverty. In this section you will also find information on how poverty is measured, maps showing the distribution of poverty in Ireland, and a glossary of terms commonly used in discussions about poverty.

Our links section has suggestions on where to go for further information on particular aspects of social exclusion you may be covering in class, such as homelessness, educational disadvantage, drug misuse and ethnic minorities.

Library and Information Service

Our library has a wide range of books, journals, reports and resource materials on poverty and social policy. It is located in our office in Mespil Road and you are welcome to visit and use it for reference. You can also search our online library catalogue to check if we have what you're looking for.

If you need more information or need clarification on terms used on our website and in our publications, contact our information service at 01 7043968 or email


Combat Poverty's education work

Combat Poverty worked to promote awareness of poverty among teachers and their students. Among our education initiatives were: developed by Combat Poverty and a number of other organisations, this is a website aimed at CSPE teachers and students. It is structured around the units and concepts of the CSPE syllabus and has information, case studies and ideas for action relating to each course unit. Visit the site at

Young Social Innovators: YSI is an innovative social education and action programme for 15-18 year-olds designed to get students involved in active learning and create links between the school and the community. Combat Poverty has been involved with YSI since its inception and sponsors an award at the annual YSI Showcase.

For information on how to get your school involved in YSI, visit

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