Our students can’t wait 500 years for fairness

Each year, the Education Policy Institute reports on the gaps between disadvantaged pupils and their peers. This has become our annual picture of how fair our education system is and how well we are doing at ensuring that it enables every child to succeed, no matter their background. Sam Butters, CEO of the Fair Education Alliance writes in Tes.

However, in this year’s report, the picture is alarming.

The report makes a projection of when the GCSE disadvantage gap would be closed, given the latest five-year trends. In the past few years, projections suggested that the gap would be closed in this century, but last year, this projection slipped into the next century. Notably, this year’s figures suggest it will take 500 years for the gap to close. 

For several decades, figures and groups from across the sector have been making efforts to improve education for the most disadvantaged, but we can no longer ignore that the sum-total of these efforts is resulting in only marginal progress in closing the gaps at the systemic level.

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