Report Card 2018

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Our Report Card for 2018 was launched on 5th September 2018.

The Report Card measures progress towards the five Fair Education Impact Goals which aim to narrow the gaps between the most advantaged and least advantaged students at each stage of education including gaps in skills and wellbeing.

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 report’s findings include:

  • Disadvantaged pupils are more than 8 months behind their peers in reading, writing, and maths by age 11

  • Disadvantaged children are less than half as likely to achieve passes in GCSE English and maths.

  • Children from low-income families continue to be four times as likely to be permanently excluded from school

  • After taking their GCSES, disadvantaged children are six times more likely to be recorded as not in education, employment or training

  • Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are nearly ten times less likely to go to a top university

We believe 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 coalition has identified three priorities that can be achieved if measures are rolled out across the whole system to make education fairer 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 – we are 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.