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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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    Government Ministers and spokesmen usually assert that it would be unconstitutional, (lese majeste, etcetera) to predict what will be in the Queen's Speech. More likely...
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    Being the official opposition doesn't mean anything when you are nowhere near forming a government. Scotland will never trust the Tories, whoever their leader is...
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    Psi obviously you are trying to provoke - quite right to. I thought very carefully about posting this and in no way did I use...
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    Peter Watson - It was the Tories who wanted to remove maintenance grants for all students not us. Ditto the decision to put in tuition...
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    Thank you for your comment, Geoffrey Payne. The tone and style of this article is perhaps quite unconventional in a general sense; and I would...
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    How does one "disenfranchise" someone who does not have a franchise?