Labour policies 'improved life chances of youngsters'
August 26 2010
Labour policies helped to improve education for children in some of the country's most deprived areas, it has been claimed.
In a letter to the Guardian, former home secretary David Blunkett said it has become fashionable since May's general election to "trash the heritage" of the previous government.
"This week's GCSE results - and the staying-on rates and improvement in A-level results last week - are proof of the change in life chances of youngsters who in the past would have been written off," he commented.
Mr Blunkett added that "examples abound" in his Sheffield constituency, which until recently had low numbers of young people staying in education beyond the age of 16.
Speaking recently, schools minister Nick Gibb said the coalition is keen to press ahead with its planned education reforms, giving schools more freedom and professional autonomy, as well as introducing the pupil premium which will help students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
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