Does school failure lead to social breakdown?

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The education study will form part of a wider study of social breakdown.

A new study is to consider how educational failure contributes to social problems. Organised by the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), it will form part of a wider analysis of the causes of poverty and social breakdown, which will also look at welfare dependency, family breakdown, drug and alcohol addiction and serious personal debt.

The study follows a YouGov poll, commissioned by the CSJ, in which around 55 per cent of those surveyed said that at least one of their local communities features broken families, crime and poor schools.

Wendy Lee, Professional Director of the Communication Trust, is on the working group on educational failure, which will feed into the overall report. “The research evidencing the poor language of children living in socially disadvantaged areas is becoming stronger and stronger and we know the massive impact poor language has on educational success, attainment and on long term prospects for children and young people”, she said.

The CSJ study, Breakthrough Britain II, will run until 2014.

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  1. My son is 19 and has aspergers and always suffered with severe anxiety .He stopped going to school when he was 14 due to anxiety.He wasn’t home tutored at home as the school had done a risk assessment on him which prevented him from receiving tuition at home .So he has no qualifications suffers with severe social anxiety and has had an alcohol addiction since he was 16. The education system failed him.Me and his dad battled for years with the authorities to keep him in some sort of education but failed.He has been left damaged by the system .

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