We believe that individuals and organisations working together, united by a common vision and shared goals, can have the greatest impact on ending educational inequality.
Last year we continued to expand the reach, scope and impact of our work. Here’s what we achieved, together with our partners, in 2014-15.
Children see the universe as a place of infinite possibility, but for those from poorer backgrounds, the opportunities on their horizon are too often shrinking fast. There is a critical shortage of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) teachers in UK schools, particularly those serving low-income communities.
We believe that one amazing teacher can inspire children like Luke to pursue a career in STEM. In 2014-15, 481 STEM teachers began training and teaching in schools in low-income communities, collectively reaching more than 72,000 young people with an inspirational STEM education.
Educational inequality starts before a child even enters the classroom. We believe that there is a vital need for more leaders in the Early Years and primary sector, so this year we launched our Early Years pilot in London and the South East. Andy Johnston is one of 53 participants working in a mixture of both key stage one classes and children’s centres with young people aged 0-3, to develop expertise in Early Years care.
In 2015-16, Early Years will continue to be a core area of our work, as we strive to grow the number of trainees and further refine our bespoke Leadership Development Programme for those working in this vital area.
The problem of educational inequality is multifaceted and complex. We know we cannot solve it alone and we believe we have a better chance by working in partnership with like-minded, passionate and expert partners. This year we continued to work with some of the UK’s leading organisations committed to ending the persistent achievement gap between young people from our poorest communities and their wealthier peers. Through the Fair Education Alliance, we are changing the national conversation about education and social mobility.
In the run up to the General Election 2015, the FEA hosted a debate which put tackling this inequality at the heart of the educational plans of the three main political parties. Nicky Morgan (Conservative), David Laws (Liberal Democrat), and Tristram Hunt (Labour) debated ‘Can education ever be fair for all?’ representing one of the major education interventions of the General Election campaign.
We believe that it takes a community to educate a child; that everyone has a role to
play in ensuring children fulfill their potential and lead happy, healthy lives, regardless of their background.
“When I go back into schools now, I enjoy the opportunity to be creative: getting involved, designing lessons and producing ideas, meeting the pupils and feeling that we are making a difference to them. We’re offering opportunities they might not otherwise have had.”
Ilse Bosch, 2009 Ambassador and Consultant at Deloitte
Working closely with a host of committed corporate partners, we have seen first-hand the difference that business in particular can make. In 2014-15, employees from our corporate partners spent more than 11,000 hours volunteering in our partner schools, reaching more than 7,000 pupils.