"We believe that educational inequality matters and government needs to place far more emphasis on the most underachieving pupils in our education system to improve social justice and social mobility. Children spend just 15% of their time in school, it is family background, cultural factors and material needs which have the most significant impact upon educational outcomes.
The Government has increasingly viewed schools as the prime agents of social cohesion and schools have been forced to become an emergency service for the wider problems of society. The Government’s ‘top down’ approach has compelled schools to be accountable for an increasing range of services to the community. This has undermined parental responsibility and involvement with the education of their children and demotivated aspiring leaders within the teaching profession.
Our policies therefore value the important role of families and communities and give them a stake in the education of children. We aim to help parents to take more responsibility for their children by supporting their involvement in education and empowering them to meet their children’s needs. The recommendations of this report represent a combination of soft and hard measures which stimulate cultural change within the education system and our society to bring long-term benefits to disadvantaged children.”
In our 2007 report “Breakthrough Britain” we identified five interconnected ‘pathways to poverty’: family breakdown, educational failure, economic dependency and worklessness, serious personal debt, and drug and alcohol addiction. These are the key drivers of social breakdown and disadvantage…The findings of that report demonstrate how poverty cannot be measured on income alone. Social problems have deep and long-term causes that must also be confronted.
Center for Social Justice | The Forgotten Age: Understanding poverty and social exclusion in later life
heighten my discernment. turn the lights on so that i can see the true nature of those who surround me. expose the motives of those people who are in my life and do not have my best interest at heart. and if by chance, it is me- if i am my own worst enemy.. if i am the one who is making your presence uncomfortable— change me. thank you God for loving me. thank you for being. teach me your ways.
In our 2007 report “Breakthrough Britain” we identified five interconnected ‘pathways to poverty’: family breakdown, educational failure, economic dependency and worklessness, serious personal debt, and drug and alcohol addiction. These are the key drivers of social breakdown and disadvantage…The…