Peter Wilby

Brett Wigdortz, the 39-year-old founder and chief executive of Teach First, believes he is the leader of an educational revolution. In his new book, Success Against the Odds, he declares that lack of opportunity for young Britons from low-income backgrounds is "a modern day version of the ancient scourge of slavery or feudalism". The answer, he argues, is to engage the best of British graduates, who previously regarded teaching as a desperate last resort, in a mission to raise standards and aspirations in disadvantaged schools.

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