Responding to the Education Secretary’s speech on ‘ordinary working families’, Brett Wigdortz OBE – Founder and Chief Executive of education charity Teach First, said:
“Today the Education Secretary has made clear that, from cradle to college, children from the poorest families are not getting the education they deserve. We can't accept this any longer.
“We need an education system that works for ordinary families and we welcome the focus on social mobility. But the government’s analysis is clear that it is children in the poorest families that lose out the most. These families must remain the focus of our efforts to improve social mobility and grammar schools remain a distraction from achieving this aim.
“Any policy cannot be a success if the achievement gap for the poorest young people isn't closed. Education is not a zero-sum game and raising outcomes for the most disadvantaged will raise outcomes for all children."
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We are an education charity that believe that disadvantage should not determine destiny. Our vision is that no child's educational success should be limited by their socio-economic background.
Our charity invests in the power of people to change the lives of children from low income backgrounds by:
- finding and developing great people to teach and lead in schools facing the greatest challenges
- increasing the attainment and aspirations of pupils and their access to higher education and employment; and,
- building a movement of teachers, school leaders, social entrepreneurs, policy makers and business people who are committed to ending educational inequality.
Since 2003, Teach First has placed 10,000 leaders in schools serving low-income communities, reaching over 1 million young people.