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Dig deeper to find the truth of leaver statistics

Data showing high pupil mobility at academies seems damning, but to truly impact on young people’s life chances, it’s vital to go beyond obvious conclusions

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My father walked out of his children’s home at 14 years old. A Michelin tyre factory in Stoke-on-Trent came calling and he served 40 years there on shift patterns. His ambition, desire for self-improvement and moral purpose have informed my own. While my academic journey didn’t mirror his leaving school at 14, at the time it was a successful pathway for many. I now lead two Harris academies 200 yards from where he was born.

Personal stories like my father’s are under the skin of the statistics reviewed this month by the Education Datalab “Who’s Left” series on school movers (bit.ly/EDwholeft). ...

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