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Disadvantaged pupils 'victims of austerity', says NAHT

The Education Policy Institute (EPI) has today (Tuesday 30 July) published its Annual Report on the state of education in England, revealing that, for the first time since 2011, the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers has widened.

Responding, Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said: “Children from disadvantaged backgrounds are the victims of a decade of austerity. They have disproportionately suffered from funding cuts not just to education, but to all the wider services that should be there to help them. Successive governments have failed to invest in those who need it the most, and now we see the result.

“After years of steady progress in closing the attainment gap, we must not allow this vital work to be undone. This must not become a turning point.

“Schools and colleges need an immediate multi-billion-pound emergency investment, alongside a long-term commitment to sufficient education funding, and proper investment in health, social care, the police and the other services that schools and families rely on. Without this, any promises of a brighter future for our country will fail.”

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