The government has recognised the need to raise attainment of all young people so that they have the best start in life and can achieve their full potential. There is now a clear chain linking failure at school to a series of signs of long term social exclusion - childhood poverty, teenage parenthood, reduced staying on at school post 16, increased chances of contact with the police, and higher risk of unemployment and low wages. The costs of educational underachievement are huge, not just in terms of lost opportunity, unfulfilled potential for the individual and reduced quality of life, but also in the long-term financial costs to the economy and society in general. Youth crime nationally is estimated to cost the public services £1 billion annually.

The Behaviour Support Plan outlines how York is addressing these issues. It includes a review of progress and recommended actions for the future.

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