The Problem: Educational Inequality in the UK
Parental income is still the strongest indicator of how well a child will achieve at school and how much they will earn in later life.
At every stage of their education, a child from a low-income family is less likely to succeed.
They are less likely to pass their GCSEs, secure a university or apprenticeship place and progress to sustained, good quality employment.
Over the course of their lifetimes this achievement gap perpetuates, often leading to cycles of low-paid work with few opportunities for career progression.
It's a cycle we are determined to break.
Educational Inequality: The Facts
2/3 of young people eligible for Free School Meals fail to achieve basic qualifications at GCSE.
Children from low-income families are half as likely to go to university compared to their wealthier peers.
The chance of a child from a poorer family being out of education, employment or training when they leave school is twice the national average.
80% people who were eligible for free school meals as a child are earning less than £26,000 per annum aged 25.