A tide that lifts all boats?


Following the Brexit vote, there is an urgent need to heal the many divisions in British society. One of those divisions is the large gap between the educational outcomes of white working-class pupils and others. With ethnic minority children beginning to reach or even exceed national performance averages, the focus is shifting away from the big cities towards the towns, particularly the coastal towns of England. As the Legatum Institute’s UK Prosperity Index shows, these less prosperous areas can lack the social capital and the critical mass of academic teachers and aspirational parents needed to break out of a culture of underperformance.

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