Seven things I have learned about addressing inequality in schools

Ros McMullen

1. There is a causal link between poverty and educational underachievement. The fact that some children from poor and disadvantaged backgrounds have remarkable achievements should not disguise this – it is so well researched and so well documented that it is completely beyond dispute. 2. The traditional response from the left is to attempt to create a…


Out of sight

Richard Brooks

Around 15 years ago a new tribe entered our lexicon: the NEETs, young people who are not in education, employment or training. Reducing their number was a priority for the Labour government of the day. The Social Exclusion Unit was tasked by the prime minister to drive progress, and he personally authored the foreword to…

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