Reviewing the government’s 12 Missions to Level Up, I recall watching a certain TV programme and hearing: “Your mission, should you decide to accept it…..”.

The mission was always accepted and every time no expense was spared to assemble a crack team.

Education, your mission, should you decide to accept it, is that 90 per cent of children will achieve the expected standard in reading, writing and maths.

Of course, education will accept it, but without “Mission Impossible” resources and full necessary support!

Not just resources in schools, more staff leading to smaller class sizes and better individual support of pupils, but also sufficient equipment.

However, tinkering with education will not solve lower wages and poverty.

Wider issues in society need addressing.

A new “Education Investment Area” may suggest there was no or little investment in existence, or at best, it was insufficient.

However, don’t forget schools don’t work in a vacuum, but have to work hand in hand with their local community and in whichever situation it finds itself.

It’s been tried before at the turn of the century with Education Action Zones with disappointing outcomes.

This historic quick-fix, relatively low-cost initiative did not achieve the hoped-for success.

The magnitude of inequality was too big and it’s even greater now!

If this is to avoid becoming a “mission impossible” we need a proper strategy across government to eradicate child poverty, because poverty strongly determines life chances and ambitions.

Ultimately, in the films and TV series a crack team and ample resources leads to success.

Should it not succeed, we can guess what might happen: As always, should you or any member be caught out, we will disavow any knowledge of your actions!

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