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.