Let’s do better
Too many children aren’t getting the education they deserve. As a society, it’s time to raise our game.
Where you’re from shouldn’t affect where you’re going. Yet too often it does.
A child from a disadvantaged background is less likely to get good GCSEs and go on to higher education. The effects of this slow start can last a lifetime, widening social inequality.
It’s a cycle we’re determined to help schools break.
Educational inequality - the numbers
A child from a disadvantaged background is 18 months behind when they take their GCSEs.
In England and Wales, we spend nearly £17 billion a year dealing with problems that start in childhood.
A disadvantaged child is three times more likely to be excluded from school.
The chance of a child from a poorer background going to a higher-performing school is falling.
Millions of British children live in poverty. Fewer than half reach the expected levels for English and maths by the end of primary school.