View from the back of a classroom full of pupils, towards the teacher at the front.

Good enough

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.

The issue

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.

Shaeera's story

An empty schoolyard.

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.


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