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Breaking the cycle of disadvantage

With a firm belief that students from poorer backgrounds can attain the highest standards, and a robust framework in place, it is possible to turn around schools in deprived communities

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I often read about politicians and their views on social justice, social mobility and how important such ideals are to their political party. However, I sometimes wonder what these terms actually mean.

And there are so many statistics and reports on child poverty and educational outcomes. To be honest, I never quite know what these are telling me, apart from the fact that disadvantaged students attain less well. Hardly surprising.

What I do know is that child poverty is increasing. The number of families struggling to cope is increasing. I know this because my school is dealing with the ...

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