Date Published: 04 December 2017
Children in North Kesteven have a better start in life than other areas of the county after a recent survey ranked the area the best in the East Midlands and 29th in the country for children's potential to do well and move beyond any social disadvantage.
The survey recognises that NK is one of the ‘pockets of good performers’ in the Midlands – with above-average outcomes at Key Stages 2 and 4 and excellent access to quality schools.
The District Council has strong connections within its communities, and works to improve what is on offer for children and their families. This is achieved through initiatives that help to overcome isolation, advice and support offered for neighbourhood plans to the NK Youth Council, YouthNK – all with a focus on reducing social mobility within the district.
Council Leader, Councillor Richard Wright said: “Our future is our children’s future, and giving them the best start in life is essential.
"Our District provides excellent schools, a good work-life balance and opportunity - all of which have contributed to North Kesteven being recognised in the top 10% of areas giving children the start they need. There are many children in our District who aspire to do great things, and that in itself is an inspiration.
"We are thankful to those in our District who work tirelessly with children, and provide the opportunities to help them grow”.
Building on a legacy of excellent work locally, North Kesteven rose 30 places to 29th; the highest in Lincolnshire and the only East Midlands location in the top 30, a region that fares worst overall.
Cllr Wright added: "As a Living Wage employer, working hard across a range of initiatives to promote better health and wellbeing, enhanced work, transport and training opportunities and delivering better housing, the District Council works directly and through strong partnerships in supporting a District of Flourishing Communities and individuals”
The Social Mobility Commission’s survey 'State of the Nation: Social Mobility in Great Britain' looks at how a ‘stark social mobility postcode lottery exists in Britain today, where the chances of being successful if you come from a disadvantaged background are linked to where you live’.
It ranks all 324 local authorities in England in terms of the life chances of someone born into a disadvantaged background, destroying the notion of a simple North-South divide but instead identifying a so-called Postcode lottery where local circumstances – in part affected by the quality of local council services and provision – prove to be critical. Factors include good education, employment opportunities and housing for their most disadvantaged residents.