Postcode Lottery of Education

11 December 2013: 

mentoring in schoolsIt is that time of year that Ofsted launches it annual report, and the chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw has described the scale of differences between schools in different regions as being like “two nations”.

“What we are seeing… is that the country is divided between lucky and unlucky children. We’re seeing children that happen to be born in the right postcode who are fortunate children because they go to good schools with head teachers and teachers with high expectations of them.”

What Ofsted are saying is that actually poverty does not equal failure – poor children can achieve. This is good news – for children who are lucky enough to be in the golden ticket areas. The divide between children of similar background from a “good” or a “bad” area is worrying.

The full report is to be published on Tuesday.


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