She knows, as well as anyone, just how much cash is needed to train and inspire the best teachers and how much resource is needed to help address social problems that hamper attainment and life chances
at all levels.
The Raising Aspirations programme, designed by Positive Footprints, aims to improve the life chances
of young people by building resilience, developing employability skills and opening up the world of work.
Today is International Men's Day and the UK's themes are "making a difference for men and boys" and "how we can give men and boys better life chances
Hopefully, this animation will open doors and life chances
for Courtney to develop her skills to reach her dreams of becoming an animator in the future."
Swinney said improving the education and life chances
of young people was "the defining mission of this government".
As you may know, children's life chances
are very much influenced by the opportunities that they get from the very beginning of their lives.
The Social Mobility Commission, led by North East-born former Labour minister Alan Milburn, has published the landmark 'State of the Nation' report, detailing the life chances
of young people across the country.
It discusses the relationship between the family, social mobility, and the concept of equal life chances
, considering how the family fits or does not fit into theories of social justice; the nature of intergenerational inequality, how it happens, and the factors involved; the use of the term oequality of opportunityo in political rhetoric and theoretical discussions; and policy areas that might be used to achieve a fairer distribution of life chances
: replacing inheritance tax with an accessions tax, investing more in preschool support for families on low incomes, and redistributing childcare.
A global youth development index compiled by the Commonwealth Secretariat highlights the deep divide between life chances
for people aged between 15 and 29 in the West and the developing world.
Why do the life chances
of rich and poor still differ in such stark respects?
Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said: "This is damaging young people's life chances
. It's vital these public services are protected."