Fair Education Alliance Report 2018
Brightside is part of the Fair Education Alliance, a coalition of over 100 organisations working together to eradicate educational disadvantage. The Fair Education Alliance’s fourth annual report shows the progress made in the past year.
The report measures the gaps between the most and least privileged students in five key areas – primary literacy and numeracy, GCSE attainment, post-GCSE destinations, university admission, and mental and emotional wellbeing – and sets out priorities for closing them.
Key Messages from the Report
- Not enough progress has been made. There are still large gaps across the country, and some gaps have widened. Small gaps in primary school grow through to GCSE and university admission, leaving poorer students playing catch up for the rest of their lives.
- 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 FEA believes 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 members of the Alliance have collectively identified three priorities that need to be achieved and rolled out across the whole system to make education fair for every child:
- World-class teachers and leaders, particularly in the most disadvantaged areas
- An education system which develops the whole child, promoting emotional and social competencies alongside academic attainment
- Joined up support for all post-16 destinations, giving every student a choice about their future
Download the full report