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NAHT comments on report into underachievement in education

NAHT welcomes the government’s response to the House of Commons' education committee report into underachievement in education by white working class children.

Russell Hobby general secretary of NAHT said: “Poverty is an imperfect measure of educational disadvantage. Eligibility for free school meals (FSM) is an imperfect measure of poverty. It is time to move beyond FSM as our key indicator of risk. It is too blunt and misses many families who struggle to make ends meet. 

"NAHT raised this concern in our recent manifesto 'Owning What is Ours', suggesting that we should develop a better indicator of educational disadvantage in order to target support to the children who need it most.

“We therefore welcome the committee's recognition that, whilst eligibility for free school meals has been a proxy for poverty, we need a more rounded indicator of a child’s socio-economic status than FSM eligibility alone can provide. They recommended that the government should consider how data from a range of departments can be combined in future to develop such an indicator. NAHT hopes that the Department for Education will seriously consider this.”

Here is a link to the report: http://bit.ly/1uDjNUD

Here is a link to our manifesto: http://bit.ly/1Db8Oqu

Page Published: 16/09/2014