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September 4, 2014

Born to Be supports new published report on policy ideas for educational reform

‘Educational failure can have a crushing impact on life chances and prevent children reaching their potential. This is an enormous social injustice and an economic threat which deprives our country of its considerable and diverse talent’ said Christian Guy, CSJ Director.

 

The report, produced by a working group including head teachers, academy trusts, education charities Teach First and the Sutton Trust and representation from Deutsche Bank, sets out ideas on ways for reducing the risk of failure, particularly for the country’s most disadvantaged children, including increasing the number and access to free schools in areas of real need; deploying the best teachers in a more strategic way; and making stronger links between schools to drive up standards in teaching. It also calls for greater emphasis on ensuring students leave school with meaningful qualifications and improving the links between further education and employment.

 

According to the report, 35 per cent of businesses are dissatisfied with the basic literacy of school and college leavers and 30 per cent are dissatisfied with their basic numeracy. Combined with the effects of a ‘skills-mismatch’, where there are shortages in high-skilled industries in need of professional scientists, engineers and technologists (STEM careers) and the lack of most basic skills, the report recommends increasing local employer engagement with schools and colleges that will help more young people leave education with the soft and hard skills needed for employment.

 

As part of the working group, Deutsche Bank was able to provide an employer’s perspective of the skills and attitudes needed in the workplace, the many ways the Bank engages with schools through its Born to Be projects to support national curriculum and vocational skills and the use of employees as school governors, mentors and as volunteers that help bring work ready skills to life for young people. Lareena Hilton, Deutsche Bank’s Global Head of Brand Communications and Corporate Citizenship, says: We are delighted to be part of this very important research on educational failure. This signifies an important step forward for Deutsche Bank and its commitment to youth potential through its Born to Be programme. Deutsche Bank has been engaging with schools and students for many years and we are pleased to see the recommendations for greater business engagement that will help prepare young people with the right skills to take the next steps in life and improve their chances for success.”

 

The report forms part of CSJ’s Breakthrough Britain 2015 series which outline a host of policy solutions to tackle the root causes of poverty and deprivation. 

 

To read the Centre for Social Justice report on ‘Closing the Divide’ click here

 

To read an executive summary of the Centre for Social Justice report on ‘Closing the Divide' click here

 



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