Earlier this year, the Prime Minister promised to put education at the heart of his Life Chances Strategy.
Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary, will oversee a radical shakeup of our education system by turning every school into an academy.
But this can only be part of the plan if we are to transform the life chances of the poorest. There are groups of children who experience a shocking level of educational failure.
Five good GCSEs including English and Maths is a standard benchmark, and is now attained by 57 per cent of students. But this is only achieved by:
- 33 per cent of pupils on free school meals;
- Less than 40 per cent of all children in some local authorities;
- 14 per cent of children in care.
As the Government gears up to publish its Life Chances Strategy this summer, we are calling for a razor-like focus on tackling the root causes of educational failure.