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Housing work with schools boosts educational performance

It looks at how housing organisations have worked successfully with schools to boost educational performance, improve behaviour in school and in the community, cut exclusions and improve pupils’ training and employment chances on leaving school. 

Poverty, social deprivation and neighbourhood decline has been shown to have a detrimental effect on educational outcomes and achievement. Improved neighbourhoods, however, lead to more people wanting to live there which in turn can lead to more popular local schools.

The research calls on more housing organisations to work closely with schools to benefit their own residents and the wider community.

John Thornhill, co-author of the research, said: "There are some fantastic examples of collaboration between schools and housing organisations around the country achieving real benefits for children, their families and the wider community.  Housing organisations have grasped that their work doesn’t stop with providing homes but can have a much wider and long lasting impact."

Ian Austin MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Housing and Diana Johnson MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Schools, have lent their support to the work. In their foreword to the research, they said: "From working together to combat anti-social behaviour and preparing young people to manage independence and make realistic life choices, to making joint investments in the physical infrastructure of the local community, as this report highlights, there are clearly ways in which schools and housing providers can work together to achieve shared and complementary objectives."

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