Communications Toolkit

Note that publication is embargoed until 00:01 on 5th September 2018.

Summary

On 5th September we launch the Fair Education Alliance Report Card which measures the gaps between the most and least privileged students in five key areas – primary literacy and numeracy, GCSE attainment, post-GCSE destinations, university admission, and mental and emotional wellbeing – and sets out our priorities for closing them.

Key Messages from the Report

Not enough progress has been made. There are still large gaps across the country, and some gaps have widened. Small gaps in primary school grow through to GCSE and university admission, leaving poorer students playing catch up for the rest of their lives.

Progress has been too slow and patchy.  Large gaps between the most advantaged and least advantaged students still remain across the country, and some gaps have widened. Small gaps at primary school level grow through to GCSE and university admission, leaving poorer students playing catch up for the rest of their lives.

The FEA believes improvements can be made and educational  inequality reduced, but changes need to be rolled out everywhere to achieve this. There are pockets around the country where the gap is small and closing fast. We need to take proven strategies from these areas and change the system nationwide to ensure the benefits are felt by every child in every school.

The members of the Alliance have collectively identified three priorities that need to be achieved and rolled out across the whole system to make education fair for every child:

  1. World-class teachers and leaders, particularly in the most disadvantaged areas

  2. An education system which develops the whole child, promoting emotional and social competencies alongside academic attainment

  3. Joined up support for all post-16 destinations, giving every student a choice about their future

We cannot do this alone. The FEA is committed to working to achieve this vision but we need a shared commitment as a country – from parents, young people, teachers, government, and businesses. Only together can we drive the systemic changes that will make education fair.

Communications

We have maximum impact when we use our collective voice to drive change. We can send a powerful message when we act in unison, in our press releases, statements, and social media campaigns. We would be hugely grateful if you would help us to promote the report.

Note that publication is embargoed until 00:01 on 5th September 2018.

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@_TheFEA
#MakeEducationFair

General

Together with over 100 members of @_TheFEA, we call for action to close the gap and #MakeEducationFair in the 2018 FEA report card faireducation.org.uk/report-card

We join @_TheFEA in calling for action to close the gap and #MakeEducationFair in the 2018 FEA report card faireducation.org.uk/report-card

Impact Goals

Disadvantaged pupils are more than 8 months behind their peers in reading, writing and maths by age 11. This has to change. As part of @_TheFEA, we call for action to #MakeEducationFair, read the full report here faireducation.org.uk/report-card

Disadvantaged children are less than half as likely to achieve passes in GCSE English and maths. This has to change. As part of @_TheFEA, we call for action to #MakeEducationFair, read the full report here faireducation.org.uk/report-card

Children from low-income families continue to be four times as likely to be permanently excluded from school. This has to change. As part of @_TheFEA, we call for action to #MakeEducationFair, read the full report here faireducation.org.uk/report-card

After taking their GCSES, disadvantaged children are six times more likely to be recorded as not in education, employment or training. This has to change. As part of @_TheFEA, we call for action to #MakeEducationFair, read the full report here faireducation.org.uk/report-card

Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are nearly ten times less likely to go to a top university. As part of @_TheFEA, we call for action to #MakeEducationFair, read the full report here faireducation.org.uk/report-card

Priorities

As part of @_TheFEA, we are calling for world-class teachers and leaders, particularly in the most disadvantaged areas. Let’s #MakeEducationFair. Read the full Alliance report here faireducation.org.uk/report-card

As part of @_TheFEA, we want the UK to have an education system which develops the whole child, promoting emotional and social competencies alongside academic attainment. Let’s #MakeEducationFair. Read the full Alliance report here faireducation.org.uk/report-card

As part of @_TheFEA, we want the UK to have joined up support for all post-16 destinations, giving every student a choice about their future. Let’s #MakeEducationFair. Read the full Alliance report here faireducation.org.uk/report-card

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Together with over 100 other members of the Fair Education Alliance, we call for action to close the gap and make education fair. In 2018 and beyond we will work together to ensure we have:

  1. World-class teachers and leaders, particularly in the most disadvantaged areas

  2. An education system which develops and values the whole child, alongside academic attainment

  3. Joined up support for all post-16 destinations, giving every student a choice about their future

Read the full Alliance report here: faireducation.org.uk/report-card

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