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INTRODUCTION
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The National Commission on Education has identified educational underachievement in deprived areas, particularly in inner cities but also in rural locations, as an acute problem. In Learning to Succeed it was argued that where multiple disadvantages combine, ‘the dice are loaded’ against educational success.1 Despite this, remarkable work is done by many of the schools that face the most difficult challenges. This book is about eleven schools which have succeeded against the odds.