Camilla Turner cites the Sutton Trust’s Chain Effects research in an article for the Sunday Telegraph.
Teachers are patrolling the streets and getting on buses to accompany children home, in a bid to combat knife crime.
Pupils making their way to and from school can become targets for gangs and drug dealers so need extra protection at these hours, the head of one of London’s biggest academy chains has said.
Around one in every 40 children in London are educated at Harris academies, a group which prides itself on raising aspiration among children from deprived backgrounds.
The academy chain, which is sponsored by the Tory donor and former Carpetright chair Lord Harris of Peckham, has won praise from the social mobility charity the Sutton Trust for having a “transformational” effect of pupils’ lives.
Sir Dan said that his priority is to deliver a great education for children. But he added: “The reality of urban life is if you have schools in urban areas, you can’t ignore this stuff and say ‘it doesn’t happen here’ – sooner or later it will.”