Commenting on the IFS Deaton Review of Inequalities, Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:  

"This is a really sobering report. It shows us how unequal the life chances of different groups of young people remain. 

"It is clear that we have to do much more, on a more ambitious scale, to tackle the income gap between lower income families and higher income families. We can’t keep reporting on the educational advantages that higher incomes confer without seeing a commitment from Government to put a child poverty reduction pledge at the heart of its levelling up plans.     

"Reducing Sure Start was not the right policy choice by Government, so it is welcome the IFS say that Sure Start in particular was a targeted intervention that had positive impacts on the poorest families and children. Sadly it was cut too soon to have a lasting legacy. 

"It’s heartening to read that more parents are reading to their child as this is such an important way to impart the love of reading and get young ones reading for pleasure. 

"The other key choice is how we shape early years education so that it responds to children’s lives and boost affordable high quality early years provision." 

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