Addressing Inequality in Post-16 Education

Tuesday 03-07-2018 - 15:10

NUS established the Poverty Commission in 2017 to bring to light issues of class and poverty in post-16 education.

On day 2 of Students’ Unions 2018, NUS President, Shakira Martin launched the next briefing for the Poverty Commission. This briefing highlights the initiatives and interventions that you told us works. 

The launch of our report Class Dismissed: getting in and getting on in education earlier in April, revealed large inequalities around the experiences of working-class students in further education, higher education and apprenticeships.

To date, the Poverty Commission has focussed on 2 areas: research (receiving a total of 66 submissions to the commission) and recommendations for government and higher education institutions.

In a society where poverty is on the rise and class still determines too many outcomes, our work is vital.  As we move into our next phase – #PovertyPremium – our case study guide is the start of our collaborative approach to learning from each other so we work to address barriers for everyone, not just students on our individual campus.

You can download the Poverty Premium case study guide here.

‘We must work together to challenge and dismantle all the barriers to education, so that everyone has the chance to get in and get on.’

Shakira Martin, NUS President

Thank you to everybody who contributed to this work.


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