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Why static communities must move us to action

Jonathan Simons, head of education at thinktank Policy Exchange, writes weekly about policy and education

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In the early 2000s, my wife and I were both at university in Durham. She was doing her teacher training in a couple of local schools that largely served former mining villages. These schools were 99 per cent white, and full of families and staff who, in many instances, had literally lived, been educated and now worked within a few square miles of rural County Durham. Many pupils had never been to Newcastle, all of 20 minutes away.

I was reminded of this by data from the Centre for Cities highlighting the magnetism of London as a graduate destination. The capital accounts for about 19 per cent ...

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