Teach First

What we're calling for

In pursuit of our vision we have worked with our partners to identify the gaps at key stages during the education of children from low-income communities and set goals for the change we want to see. 

They are not goals that can be achieved by any one organisation; they need to be addressed across the education system and society. And that’s why we’re partnering with like-minded individuals, schools and organisations who share our vision.

By working together to achieve the Fair Education Impact Goals, we believe we can transform the life chances of thousands of low-income young people across the UK. 

The Fair Education Impact Goals:

  1. Narrow the gap in literacy and numeracy at primary school
Attainment at age 11 is a strong predictor of later success at secondary school. We want to see pupils in low-income communities achieving at the same level as their more affluent peers in English and maths by this age. We want to see this gap close by 90% by 2022. 
  1. Narrow the gap in GCSE attainment at secondary school
Pupils with eight or more GCSEs are more likely to progress successfully and gain a place at university than those with five GCSEs. We want to see this gap close by 44% by 2022.
  1. Ensure young people develop key strengths, including resilience and wellbeing, to support high aspirations
​While there is no significant gap in the aspirations of young people from low-income homes, there is a big gap in reaching aspirations. These pupils may need to be even more motivated and resilient to overcome the barriers that they face. 
  1. Narrow the gap in the proportion of young people taking part in further education or employment-based training after finishing their GCSEs
If someone is in education, employment or training after their compulsory education has ended, it is a good indicator that their earlier education has been successful. If not, it can be devastating for that person and their later progression. We want to minimise the numbers of young people who get to this situation. 
  1. Narrow the gap in university graduation, including from the 25% most selective universities, by 8%
There is a significant gap in access to higher education and particularly to the most selective universities between those from low socio-economic backgrounds and their more affluent peers. Closing this gap is crucial to improving social mobility.