Our schools and teachers need champions
Teachers do an incredible job under challenging circumstances. But what if the education system weren’t so challenging?
Through our campaigning, we speak out on the issues that are putting the most pressure on schools serving disadvantaged communities. All of these issues – which we believe should be prioritised and adopted by policymakers, schools and business leaders in the years to come – are outlined in our manifesto to end educational inequality. If we don’t push for change, our education system will never work for every child.
Want to help us give all kids a fighting chance to fulfil their potential? On this page you can find out more about what we’re taking action on at the moment.
Did you know that, even today, a child can finish school without having read a single book written by a person of colour? This needs to change. Through our Missing Pages campaign, we’re calling for greater representation of ethnic minority authors in English literature lessons.
Careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) are dominated by men. This is despite the fact that girls perform just as well as – or even better than – boys across these subjects at school. We’re campaigning to reverse the lack of representation in STEM careers which has far-reaching effects in terms of gender-bias and ultimately results in fewer girls pursuing these subjects.
Classroom to career
Children from disadvantaged backgrounds face barriers to accessing professional careers. We think investing in careers education should start in primary school: our classroom to career campaign calls on large employers to start engaging with their future workforce early, so children are encouraged to pursue potential career pathways.
Rethinking pupil premium
All too often, it’s the schools in the most disadvantaged areas that face the biggest challenges. But tackling those challenges doesn’t come cheap. We’re pushing the government to fairly fund schools serving the poorest communities.
Shut in not shut out
When the pandemic struck, millions of children were shut inside instead of going to school. As a result, many were shut out of the opportunities they deserve. We campaigned to make sure every child, regardless of background, had the same access to learning.
- An additional £1.8bn from the government for the education recovery package in September 2021.
- Education recovery funding doubled for secondary schools in May 2022.
- Nearly 2 million laptops donated to schools through government support.
- Teach First supporters provided an additional £1m worth of computer equipment.