We are proud to announce our membership of the Fair Education Alliance, a coalition of organisations from across education, charities and business.
Education in the UK is not fair. Young people from low income communities are much less likely to succeed than their wealthier peers. This impacts negatively on a young person’s ability to achieve the health, happiness and career they aspire to. This also impacts the economy – if the UK raised the educational outcomes for poorer children, GDP would increase by £6bn a year by 2030 and by £56bn a year by 2050.
The Fair Education Alliance is a coalition for change in education comprising of the UK’s leading organisations. Its aim is to work towards ending the persistent achievement gap between young people from our poorest communities and their wealthier peers. Committed to this common goal, the Alliance works collectively to find solutions to address educational inequality, as well as annually monitoring the progress made to narrow the gap.
As an Alliance member, we have signed up to work towards achieving the Fair Education Impact Goals. These encompass five transformational changes which, if achieved in the next ten years, will substantially reduce educational inequality by ensuring more children get a fair chance in education, regardless of their background. The Fair Education Impact Goals follow the educational journey of a child from primary school through to Further Education and employment, and Higher Education. They are:
- Narrow the gap in literacy and numeracy at primary school
- Narrow the gap in GCSE attainment at secondary school
- Ensure young people develop key strengths, including character, emotional wellbeing and mental health, to support high aspirations
- Narrow the gap in the proportion of young people in education, employment or training one year after compulsory education
- Narrow the gap in university graduation, including from the 25 per cent most selective universities.
Chief Executive Matthew Hickey is delighted that The Children’s Literacy Charity is joining the Fair Education Alliance at this pivotal time: “With nearly four million children in the UK growing up in poverty and disadvantage, our work is as relevant as ever in supporting young people, and teachers, to reduce the inequality gap. Our membership to the FEA will support our growth over the coming 25 years and support our vision to see all underachieving children recognise their value and achieve their true potential. By working in partnership with like-minded organisations our aspiration is to become a truly national organisation supporting children where the need is most”.