Let’s put social justice at the heart of education

The poorest children face the biggest barriers to quality education – we need to build a ladder of opportunity, starting from early years, writes Education Select Committee chair Robert Halfon

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As a minister until recently in the Department for Education, I wasn’t allowed to use the words “social justice” – the “in words” were “social mobility”, which always had the ring of a Vodafone advert to me. But social justice, improving outcomes for those from disadvantaged backgrounds, should be at the heart of our educational system.

Education should offer a ladder of opportunity that gives everyone the chance to progress and access education, from early years through to adult education. In this Parliament, the goal of social justice, and that of boosting the nation’s productivity, will be ...

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