Frank Field's Poverty Review

Hugh Rayment-Pickard

Frank Field's Poverty Review has some very interesting analysis of the importance of the level of education and aspiration in parents. This underscores the intergenerational impact of our work because well-educated parents increase the life chances of their children:

'Nobody would doubt the fact that parents play the most significant role in influencing their children’s futures and the evidence backs up this instinctive belief. There is a weight of evidence which shows that a combination of positive parenting, a good home learning environment and parents’ qualifications can transform children’s life chances, and are more important to outcomes than class background and parental income.' (p.39)

The review also has an interesting graphic (page 41 of the report) showing the influence of good education and high parental aspiration on the future generation

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