Politicians must commit to seriously tackling child poverty to address achievement gaps in education

Commenting following the latest report from the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, said:

“The NASUWT promotes the vision for world class schools for all children, regardless of their background.

“If politicians are serious about achieving that ambition, then they need to end the real term cuts to education. The share of the country’s national wealth spent on education is less now than the level spent in 2009/10.

“Politicians need seriously to tackle child poverty. There are now 3.5 million children living in poverty and the figure is set to rise if this government’s social and economic policies continue.

“Politicians have to end privatisation of education which has resulted in access to schools of choice for parents being increasingly based on their ability to pay.”

“Schools alone cannot secure social mobility. Education must be supported by a coherent social and economic policy.