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Following the launch of CentreForum’s first Annual Report, Executive Chairman of CentreForum, David Laws, said: “A good education, especially in the Early Years and at primary, can be the single most transformative factor in the life chances of young people, particularly for the most disadvantaged.”
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, commenting on the report, highlighted poverty as a major issue in the struggle to close the attainment gap.
Ms Keates said, “However hard schools work, they will struggle to close the attainment gap unless the Government develops a coherent policy to tackle poverty and deprivation.
“Poverty is a key inhibitor to educational progress and schools cannot tackle this alone. The Government needs a coherent strategy which tackles poverty, housing and health.
“Under-investment in schools will exacerbate these problems. Too many children are already finding their access to educational opportunities is limited by parents’ ability to pay.”