4th February

Schools Minister Nick Gibb gave a speech on ‘what is a good education in the 21st century?’ The Minister explained the importance of a core academic curriculum and the value of excellent teachers. He mentioned the Sutton Trust report Missing Talent, saying that:

“Research by the Sutton Trust in 2014 showed that pupils eligible for free school meals who scored in the top 10% nationally at the end of primary school were significantly less likely to be entered for the EBacc than their wealthier peers who achieved the same level aged 11. Disadvantaged pupils – the very children most in need of an academic, knowledge-based curriculum – were the least likely to be given the opportunity to benefit from it”.

The Sutton Trust’s What Makes Great Teaching was also mentioned by Gibb in the follow-up discussion.