Education, social mobility and economic stability.
Improved access to education increases social mobility, subsequently maximising the availability of talent to drive multi-faceted human progress including technology innovation and the societal benefits of increased gross domestic product.
Equitable educational attainment improves the diffusion and magnitude of talent available for society.
Therefore, removing barriers to education for disadvantaged students creates a positive feedback loop as an increasingly equitable education system improves the availability and quality of education for future generations.
Improving not just volume of learnt content, but also the population-level capacity to independently learn.
Removing barriers to reduce attainment gaps.
Currently, for pupils in England, the cohorts with the widest attainment gap from the norm are those with (1) Special Educational Needs, measured by requirement for special education provisions or (2) socio-economic disadvantage, measured via eligibility for free school meals.
Moreover, there is an increasing correlation between SEN and economic disadvantage, 27% of pupils with SEN are eligible for free school meals compared to 12% of pupils without SEN (National statistics, Annex B-3).
Therefore, lower-income households must overcome a higher proportion of SEN to attain in-line with peers.
Consequently, reducing the impact of SEN on education attainment reduces socio-economic disadvantage, increasing social mobility and the likelihood of collectively achieving wider long-term ESG goals.