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Ofsted: Too many of England's poorest children continue to be let down by the education system

20 Jun 2013

The Chief Inspector of Ofsted today put forward a series of radical and far-reaching recommendations to make a lasting difference to the prospects of thousands of ‘unseen children’ from low income backgrounds who are being let down by the education system.

The recommendations aimed at closing the attainment gap between England’s poorest children and those from better off backgrounds were contained in a lecture delivered by Sir Michael Wilshaw in central London.

The speech at Church House in Westminster and the accompanying report, entitled Unseen children, marked 20 years since Ofsted first published a report into the achievements of the poorest children in the education system and 10 years since a follow-up study in 2003.

The full Access and Achievement evidence report, local authority league tables and the ‘No Excuses’ video can be found at: www.ofsted.gov.uk/accessandachievement

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