New horizons

Think tank: Centre for Policy Studies

Author(s): Dean Hochlaf

October 26, 2022

This report from UK think tank the Centre for Progressive Policy looks at transforming educational opportunities to support inclusive growth.

Across England, significant educational inequalities map closely on to differences in local economic outcomes. Places with higher levels of deprivation are typically characterised by worse educational outcomes, higher unemployment, lower pay, and poorer health. This situation deters local business investment, holds back growth, and undermines living standards. Improving educational outcomes is critical for breaking this cycle and delivering inclusive growth to every part of the country. However, in order to achieve this, a new approach is needed. Education policy must address a diverse range of factors determining educational success – both inside, and outside, the classroom. This report sets out a wide-ranging policy package to transform educational attainment in deprived communities in England, informed by over 40 in-depth interviews with teachers and former pupils as well as new data analysis.