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Pencil cases banned to avoid stigma.

Pencil cases banned to avoid stigma.

A school has banned pencil cases in a bid to stop pupils from poor families being stigmatised.

St Wilfrid's Primary School in Blyth, Northumberland, said it had taken steps to get rid of any "designer goods".

Head teacher Pauline Johnstone said pencil cases have been banned "so there's no comparison on the tables and children are learning".

St Wilfrid's was among more than 100 schools in a project to stop poorer pupils being stigmatised.

After working with charity Children North East, the school has begun providing stationery and has cut down on the number of dress-up and fundraising days.

"There was a culture within the school, within pupils, that noticed those children who were never in on PE days for example," Ms Johnstone said.

"Part of our uniform policy is a standard backpack so we don't have any designer goods."

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