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The Independent View: Coalition’s social mobility strategy failing

The government’s plan to improve social mobility has been dealt a series of blows over the past week. New education data show that trends towards a more ‘socially mobile’ Britain are pointing in the wrong direction.

Nick Clegg launched the government’s social mobility strategy last April, promising to ‘open the doors of opportunity’ to children from disadvantaged homes as they move into adulthood. Children from poor homes are half as likely to achieve five good GCSEs as their better off peers, and they account for less than one in a hundred Oxbridge students. Clegg rightly pointed out that …

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  • User AvatarATF 22nd Aug - 2:25pm
    @Martin They are you using Lord Adonis' book as the basis, so a balanced account is hardly likely given that book argued that, in effect,...
  • User AvatarTony Dawson 22nd Aug - 2:20pm
    There are several common denominators. But they must remain nameless. :-(
  • User AvatarGeoffrey Payne 22nd Aug - 1:47pm
    The problem I find as I read this is that the article does not refer to any significant section of the Arab population that is...
  • User AvatarGareth Edwards 22nd Aug - 1:34pm
    Willie, you can scare-monger via the Express (a very right-wing paper) as much as you like, but North Sea oil revenues should be kept in...
  • User AvatarJulian Tisi 22nd Aug - 1:31pm
    A lovely idea but I just can't see it happening. Europe post World Wars was a small continent with developed though ravaged economies, lots of...
  • User AvatarJulian Tisi 22nd Aug - 1:23pm
    What Martin said