“ The Government’s pursuit of harsh austerity measures, including the imposition of drastic cuts to school funding, is leaving those from the lowest income families behind.

“It is made quite clear in the report that a well-funded and resourced education system throughout a child’s schooling is essential to ensuring all students reach their full potential. The Government also needs to act to alleviate the appalling poverty that far too many of Britain’s children are living in, and which is preventing them from being able to learn in school. It is shameful that the Government of one of the richest countries in the world is failing to grasp this message and, as a result, is deepening the social inequality in this country making it almost impossible for children to overcome the circumstances they may have been born into.”