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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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    Funny they only painted the doors of asylum seekers red then, Stuart. And why did they not do anything for years?
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    Lorenzo Cherin I do understand your point, but I disagree with you. You were trying to defend the Liberal Democrats being pushed to the economic...
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    Nick Clegg will be on BBC1 tonight on "This week" at 23.45.
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