Educational disadvantage gap widened under Tories
Educational disadvantage gap widened under Tories

A report released by the Education Policy Institute reveal shocking figures which show that more than 35.2% of young people in the Sheffield Heeley constituency are classed as disadvantaged. This compares to a national figure of 24.1%. And more than 16.9% of young people are in long-term poverty compared to a national figure of 9.4%.

The disadvantage gap is the leading measure of social mobility across England and an indicator of the government’s progress in reducing inequalities in education.

Comparing these figures to Nadhim Zahawi’s constituency of Stratford-On-Avon, the current Secretary of State for Education shows the stark difference. In his constituency only 13.8% of young people are classed as disadvantaged and 4.2% are in long-term poverty.

The report also details that the gap in GCSE grades between students in long-term poverty and their better off peers has failed to improve over the last ten years. And the gap for poorer students in college and sixth form and their better off peers, widened in 2020.

These figures are absolutely shocking and shows, that over the last 12 years, this Tory government has done nothing to level up the inequalities within our society and especially within our education system.

The Tories stood on a manifesto commitment to level-up our communities but instead of fulfilling their promise, every part of the country is worse off.

Our education system should empower our young people, they should know, that no matter their background, they can achieve their full potential. Instead, due to years of underinvestment in our education system, by this government, they are squandering the chances of millions of young people and reinforcing inequalities.

As the lowest paid city in the country, Sheffield needs a government that will invest in jobs, our public services and most importantly our education.

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