Centrelink queues shocked Australians but long before COVID-19 Western Sydney had job-poor neighbourhoods with very high unemployment rates.
Western Sydney's growth-driven boom had ended before COVID-19 hit. Some neighbourhood unemployment rates were 2-3 times the metropolitan average, with female workforce participation as low as 43%.
Children in suburbs with low levels of education and employment and high rates of poverty and crime are also missing out on the experiences that help make upwards social mobility possible.
Children growing up in the most disadvantaged suburbs also lack the social opportunities to develop skills and aspirations that would improve their prospects in life.
Research shows that 80% of medical students come from just 20% of the UK's secondary schools.
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Childhood adversity doesn't just affect our choices – according to new research, it also weakens the body's fundamental ability to stay healthy in old age.
Indigenous children in Australia continue to slip below national minimum standards for literacy.
A New Zealand literacy program is helping to raise Indigenous achievement to mainstream levels.
Children need more than one day per week of preschool education to feel secure, build relationships and support learning.
Under new legislation, children from low-income families will receive just 12 hours of early learning support a week, adding to the risk of these children falling behind their peers at school.
‘Ready for lift-off’
Scotland is threatening a positive-discrimination policy for making access to universities more equal. While its central argument is right, there's more to this than meets the eye.
Lone parents should not be pariahs.
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Growing up in a one parent family doesn't matter, as long as it's a stable one.
An Australian 17-year-old must be utterly alienated from the community to feel at home with Islamic State.
The upcoming first ever Global Forum on Youth Policies has put the spotlight on the position of young people who, the United Nations says, are our “greatest resource”. Australia is among a minority of…
Kids drop out before finishing school for many reasons. Flexible learning caters to these.
Despite encouragement from federal, state and territory governments to complete school – and a legal obligation to “learn or earn” – one in five young Australians still leaves school before the end of…