The education attainment gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged children is pronounced in coastal communities when compared to similarly disadvantaged children in urban settings. It is recognised that a range of ‘place-based’ factors broadly associated with persistent disadvantage contribute for these lower educational attainment trajectories. Educational isolation has been used to explain the difficulties schools can face with accessing resources for school improvement in coastal areas.
As education predicts employment, income and access to material resources, as well as psychosocial wellbeing and health behaviours, it is arguably the single most important modifiable social determinant of health. Negative health outcomes (e.g. mental health, alcohol-specific, substance-use and self-harm hospital admissions) are already manifesting among children and young people living on the periphery. These could be signalling a public health crisis in the future for coastal communities.
Through interactive discussion between the panellists and audience, this fireside chat webinar explores the education and health experiences of children growing up on the coast and the additional challenges caused by being in that place.
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