“Britain has a deep social mobility problem which is getting worse for an entire generation of young people.”
The report also says that government plans for more grammar schools and academies are “at best, a distraction, and, at worst, a risk to efforts aimed at narrowing the significant social and geographical divides that bedevil England’s school system”.
Voice’s General Secretary has also raised concerns about selection being “a major distration” (SecEd).
She has previously commented:
“Policy-makers’ preoccupation that education alone could break the cycle of poverty both added pressure to the education system and provided a stick with which to beat it when government-set targets were not reached.”
“While education remains at the political mercy of the election cycle…. schools are expected to deliver more and more with diminishing resources…”
“Education alone cannot be expected to compensate for the effects of poverty and deprivation. However, schools and teachers do make a significant difference for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds – something that is celebrated far too infrequently, with political and media preferences favouring a deficit model focusing on what the system doesn’t do well rather than building on success.”
“The process and timescales from research to policy and implementation are routinely distracted, interrupted and discarded by different governments’ changing political ideology.”
“Competing government education policies … do not promote a coherent education system but one that is fragmented..”
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