Commenting on Ofsted’s Annual Report today, Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of the Education Endowment Foundation and of the Sutton Trust, said,
“The chief inspector is absolutely right to describe the nation as divided into lucky and unlucky children and where an education lottery exists. The quality of school you go to depends both on where you live and on your parents’ income. A good education must be more than a matter of chance.
“Through the EEF, we are trialling the best ways to improve the attainment of underperforming pupils principally by improving teaching. Doing so means replacing poverty of aspiration particularly among white working class pupils with a culture of high aspiration, creating the sort of learning environment that Sir Michael rightly points out is so important to the success of the best education systems in the world.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
1. The Education Endowment Foundation is a charity set up in 2011 by the Sutton Trust as lead charity in partnership with Impetus Trust, with a Department for Education endowment of £125m. It is dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement. Since its launch the EEF has awarded £35.7 million to 68 programmes working with over 2,200 schools and 400,000 pupils across England.
2. The Sutton Trust is a foundation set up in 1997, dedicated to improving social mobility through education. It has published over 140 research studies and funded and evaluated programmes that have helped hundreds of thousands of young people of all ages, from early years through to access to the professions.