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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 AvatarDon Harrison 7th Feb - 9:35pm
    I am a LGBT LibDem member who only does happy
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    @Mick Taylor, Propagating outright untruths does nothing to strengthen your case. You wrote: "The party has tried all sorts of ways to solve this problem...
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 7th Feb - 8:42pm
    Happen to agree with John Barrett, Ian Swales, Paul Holmes.................. and heaven forbid, just for once............. Stuart Shaw. One's genetic equipment should play no part...
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    What happened to treating each person on their merits rather than which group they 'self-identified' with?
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    I spoke in both debates today.... EU and "Let's Talk About Sex".
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    Mick Taylor, All I am saying is that your experience does not reflect the reality of what has happened over the last 10 or more...