Opportunity knocks

Some regions head the school-improvement queue while the rest play catch-up, argues Mike Parker

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It’s hard to argue against “fairness”. By definition, fairness is impartial and just treatment or behaviour without favouritism or discrimination. As Theresa May put it last June: “The government I lead will put fairness and opportunity at the heart of everything we do.”

The sentiment was echoed by our current education secretary, Damian Hinds, when he wrote last month: “We need to spread opportunity to the parts of the country where children are still let down by the depth and breadth of education available.”

Yet, we have a perverse focus in education in this country that is doing the exact ...

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