Covid-19 shines a light on 'searing inequality'

The coronavirus pandemic has exposed the searing inequality in our education system. Dr Patrick Roach says that post-lockdown we need bold measures and a new deal for our young people and their teachers...

We should all agree that every child deserves the best start in life and that education is the key to improving life chances and in tackling inequality and injustice in society. And, to complete a trio of clichés, we may all say that no child should be left behind.

More than 50 years ago, the government was convinced that much more needed to be done to address the impact of social and economic inequality. The 1967 Plowden Report introduced the concept of education priority areas, recognising that government had a responsibility to take the lead in rooting out inequality and ensuring that those who had the least in life received the most in terms of public investment in education.

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