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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 AvatarCiaran McGonagle 26th Jul - 1:03pm
    Thank you all for your comments, particularly the nice ones! Just to respond to a couple: @Paul Murray - I found it very interesting to...
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    An excellent speech and I hope Hilary Clinton gets elected. I think she would make a very good president and it would be great to...
  • User AvatarRichard Cooper 26th Jul - 12:47pm
    "The organisation will operate as a purely internet based democracy on a one person one vote basis". So what is there to prevent it being...
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    Alex Thomas "Are you suggesting the result can be ignored ". No I am stating the FACT that nothing has happened YET and is not...
  • User AvatarDav 26th Jul - 12:34pm
    Um. This idea that 'turning the clock back' is a bad thing… Surely, if you think that we have spent the last thirty, or however...
  • User AvatarGlenn 26th Jul - 12:30pm
    The other point you could make about this article and the notion of cultural loss is that if the central premise is that Brexiteers are...
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