Political comment on Fair Education Alliance
Report Card 2014
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan MP said:
“Our plan for education is designed to ensure every child, regardless of their background, leaves school prepared for life in modern Britain.
“We welcome this report and share the Fair Education Alliance's commitment to continuing to close the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers and at the same time raising the bar to ensure all pupils achieve their full potential. To do this we have invested in high quality provision for the early years, encouraged a higher calibre of graduates into teaching and introduced a new curriculum which embodies high expectations in every subject to drive up standards and raise aspiration.
"Our plan for education is working but we know there is more to do. We will continue to work with excellent teachers and hardworking parents so we can fulfil our mission of seeing every child taught in a good local school where they learn the knowledge and skills they need to get a job and get on in life.”
Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt MP said:
“Outstanding schools across the country have shown that when supported by strong school leadership, world class teaching and a culture of high expectations, there are no limits to what our young people can achieve. Yet even without factoring in the pressures of a new industrial age, global competition for high-skill jobs is becoming ever more fierce. Raising educational achievement - particularly for disadvantaged young people - is the only way we can meet this challenge and secure a prosperous future for all.
The Fair Education Alliance is at the frontline in this battle and I wholeheartedly support its efforts to elevate the importance of narrowing the attainment gap. No task is more important for the long-term success of this country and we need to use every last drop of the nation’s power to spread fairness and opportunity to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Poverty should never be a cap on aspiration.
The Labour Party was set up to fight for social justice - that every child should enjoy an equal chance to fulfil their potential is our defining mission. When it comes to closing the attainment gap, we will be with the Fair Education Alliance every step of the way.”
Liberal Democrat Schools Minister David Laws MP said:
"This timely and powerful report from the Fair Education Alliance shows there remains a long way to go to tackle educational inequality.
“My overriding priority in coalition government has been to work to ensure that every child, whatever their background and whatever the circumstances of their birth, is able to achieve their full potential. We are making big strides forward, with the pupil premium, record investment in the early years and reformed school accountability. These changes have the potential to transform the education of disadvantaged pupils.
"Breaking the link between income and outcomes is the central challenge facing the English education system today. As this report reminds us, addressing this should be nothing short of a national mission.”