Fair Education Alliance launches

June 20 sees launch of landmark bid to end educational inequality backed by an unprecedentedly broad alliance of organisations.

Business in the Community is proud to be part of the Fair Education Alliance, a new coalition of 24 organisations committed to closing the achievement gap between young people from our poorest communities and their better-off peers.

The Alliance, which includes members ranging from Teach First to the RSA, from Kids Company to UBS, will unveil five Fair Education Impact Goals at the Sunday Times Festival of Education.

These goals, based on consultation with more than 1,700 teachers and leading experts from charities and business, follow the educational journey of children.  They are:

  1. Narrow the gap in literacy and numeracy at primary school

  2. Narrow the gap in GCSE attainment at secondary school

  3. Ensure young people develop key strengths, including resilience and wellbeing, to support high aspirations

  4. Narrow the gap in the proportion of young people taking part in further education or employment-based training after finishing their GCSEs

  5. Narrow the gap in university graduation, including from the 25% most selective universities, by 8%

The Alliance will work collectively to find solutions that address educational inequality, along with monitoring the progress made in narrowing the gap.  It has already received endorsement by all three main parties, including Schools Minister David Laws, Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt, and Education Secretary Michael Gove, who said: "This new campaign underlines the importance of our mission to improve state education.
 
“Every child should have the opportunity to succeed, regardless of their background. That is why we are investing in the poorest through the pupil premium, setting higher standards for all children through our new curriculum and qualifications, and helping hundreds of struggling schools.
 
“I welcome this new alliance of influential educational, charitable and business organisations to help us defeat the entrenched inequality of opportunity which has been a feature of our education system for far too long."

Membership of the Alliance is one of a number of ways Business in the Community is tackling the issue of inequality in educational attainment. Chief amongst these is our Business Class programme of structured business-school partnerships in deprived areas, which have been proven to improve educational attainment and employability of students in independent evaluation.  Our member companies, too, are engaged in work across the country to increase aspiration and attainment of children from poorer backgrounds, providing support and expertise that can transform the lives of young people.

 If you would like to hear more about the Fair Education Alliance as it develops its work, please sign up using the form below.