Congratulations to all of the pupils that will be celebrating their results today, but let’s not forget about those disadvantaged pupils who will have fallen behind their peers and outside the headlines.
Russell Hobby, Chief Executive for Teach First:
“While the news will rightly focus on the pupils jumping for joy as they receive their grades, we must not forget those disadvantaged pupils who will fall behind their peers and outside the headlines.
“In the starkest terms, pupils from low-income backgrounds are more likely to be NEET* after college or sixth than they are to go to a top university (11% vs 7%). The reverse is true for their better off peers.
“It doesn’t have to be that way. There are young people and their teachers up and down the country who buck the trend of inequality, and prove that disadvantage does not determine destiny.
“If we want to ensure this happens for every child, we urgently need more people to take on the challenge of teaching in disadvantaged communities where they can make the greatest difference.”
* Not in Education, Employment or Training
Teach First’s Chief Executive also added:
“We know that disadvantaged pupils are perfectly capable of getting the same grades as their wealthier peers.
“However, the current application process and unreliability of predicted grades only serves to limit the ambitions these pupils - many of whom will regularly outperform not only grades predicted for them, but also the choices they have already made for themselves.
“With all of this in mind, it should raise questions about when pupils apply to universities and whether the cart has been put before the horse in terms of admissions.”