The TES is reporting that the new government needs to urgently prioritise educational inequality and place it at the centre of its agenda to “build a better Britain”, according to Teach First.
The charity is warning today that thousands of young people could lose out and become disenfranchised if prime minister Theresa May fails to focus her attention on improving education in disadvantaged areas of the country.
As the charity’s Impact Conference begins in Leeds today, Brett Wigdortz, founder and chief executive of Teach First, has called for greater investment to prevent young people being left behind.
The two-day conference, in partnership with TES, will bring together 4,000 teachers, policymakers and business leaders, making it Europe’s largest conference focused on tackling educational inequality.
Ahead of the conference, Mr Wigdortz said: “Educational inequality is a slow-burning injustice that goes unnoticed but threatens the very fabric and foundations of a fair society.
“The fact that a child from a poorer background is less likely to succeed at school and life is totally at odds with a British sense of fair play. We need to invest in the communities and young people that have been left behind if we are to build a better Britain.”
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