Providing a good education to students should be the main priority of any educational institution. However, there are often many roadblocks that stand in the way of being able to do this.

To improve learning outcomes for young people, it takes a joint effort of institutions and passionate teachers – such as Sir Peter Birkett – who are determined to provide high levels of education to every student.

The Educational Wealth Fund has highlighted three key areas that need to be addressed if we are to provide fulfilling and life-affirming experiences for every student.

Tackle Educational Inequality

In a report published by the SMCPC (Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission), it has been found that the UK has lower social mobility levels than other comparable countries, which is negatively affecting lower income households when it comes to education.

Inequality in education is nothing new, and it continues to be one of the pressing issues facing the industry that needs to be addressed.

The Educational Wealth Fund believes that every child should have the opportunity to attend inspirational and creative learning environments, and for this to happen, these opportunities need to be made available to all students – regardless of their background.

Prioritise Mental Health

Mental health and academic attainment are two things that often go hand in hand. Without sufficient mental health support in schools, students will never be able to reach their full potential.

Schools have a big part to play in the wellbeing of students and staff. We live in an extremely stimulating time where it can be easy for things like social media, gaming and augmented reality to alter our sense of reality and affect our mental health.

Education providers need to address this issue to help students get the high-quality education they deserve.

Recruit More Passionate Teaching Staff

Schools must attract and retain high-quality talent if they want to provide exceptional teaching to all students. Learning environments should be warm and wonderful places, and it is teachers who can make or break this environment.

Schools need to work on recruiting staff in shortage subjects and attracting the right kind of people for the profession – i.e. people who have a love for learning and want to pass it on to the next generation.