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News - 23 June 2014

The 'fair education' alliance

 

 
A campaign to tackle educational inequality is being launched by an alliance of employers, teachers' organisations and children's charities.
 
The Fair Education Alliance, as it will be called, will set goals such as narrowing the gap in literacy and maths between rich and poor and in different parts of England.
 
Tonmoy Kumar, Manager of the Accounts Department of ABDS and an active school governor comments:
“This project will bring together 25 organisations, including The National Association of Head Teachers, the CBI, Teach First and Barnardo's, to set specific targets for reducing the gap in educational achievement between advantaged and disadvantaged pupils.”
 
Founder members also include the National Children's Bureau, National Literacy Trust, National Numeracy, the Prince's Trust, Achievement for All and Save the Children - and it is being supported by government and shadow education ministers.
 
The first goal is to narrow the gap in literacy and numeracy at primary school. At present, primary schools serving wealthier areas get better results than those serving poorer areas - and the alliance says that it wants to close 90% of this gap.
 
Showing what is already possible, the alliance says that if all poor pupils across England performed as well as poor pupils in London, that 65% of the gap would be immediately removed.
 
The second goal is to narrow the attainment gap in GCSE results by 44%. If the levels being achieved by poor pupils in London were replicated across the country, this would already be more than accomplished.
 
Education Secretary Michael Gove said: "This new campaign underlines the importance of our mission to improve state education.
 
Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt said: "I have no doubt today's launch, bringing together so many powerful organisations, marks an important milestone in tackling the scar of the country's education divide."
 
If you need any help and advice with Free Schools, Academy Schools or Charities, contact Lavinia Newman or Peter Ham now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.
 
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