Sam Freedman

Map out a solution to geographical disadvantage

Turning around educational achievement in the ‘opportunity areas’ highlighted by the government will require strong leadership and significant resourcing

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The geographical spread of educational disadvantage has gone from a topic for nerdy blogs to an issue of world-changing importance. Donald Trump is president-elect of the US because of towns full of white voters with low levels of formal education and a lack of employment opportunities. The UK is leaving the EU because of similar communities feeling left behind.

Understanding exactly what’s driving these voters towards populist causes would require an essay much longer than this column. But it is well established that there is a strong relationship between an area’s educational outcomes and ...

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