Commenting on a new report published today (Friday 20 September) by the Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, showing a rise in the number of children leaving school at 18 without basic qualifications, Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said:
“The number of children leaving school without basic qualifications fell continuously between 2005 and 2015 but has risen sharply in recent years as the full impact of real-terms cuts to school funding has become clear.
“Children from disadvantaged backgrounds are the victims of a decade of austerity. They have disproportionately suffered from 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.”
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