Responding to new analysis by Teach First revealing that disadvantaged teenagers are more likely to score low GCSE grades, 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.
“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, young people from disadvantaged backgrounds will always face an uphill battle.”
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