Your postcode shouldn’t be a barrier

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The Youth Opportunity Index, published last week by the Learning and Work Institute, presented some challenging findings: no clear urban-rural split and no clear north-south divide. Instead, the report highlighted significant variations within regions. So, unfortunately, the future of our young people is still being determined by geography.

In the region where I now live, teaching is relatively highly paid, and my workplace feels exceptional. But what if all of the good fortune I’ve had is not down to merit, but to the fact that my parents took me out of an area that scores abysmally on the ...

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