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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 AvatarChris 29th Jan - 6:18pm
    Amazing article. In a properly run NHS the managers of any A&E department would be fired if anyone had to wait anything like four hours.
  • User AvatarTony Greaves 29th Jan - 6:14pm
    Saltaire is a world heritage site in spite of the efforts of Bradford City Council. I think Lord (William) Wallace (or Lord (William) Wallace of...
  • User AvatarCharlie 29th Jan - 6:08pm
    I do not think many councilors and/or council official have the skills to manage this scale of construction. Some county councils up to the mid...
  • User AvatarTony Greaves 29th Jan - 6:01pm
    You are all missing the point. What is needed is more Council houses or Council-related social housing for rent. This is a different issue from...
  • User AvatarAlex Sabine 29th Jan - 5:55pm
    Simon: First of all I am asking for precision in what we mean by saying things like a "smaller/larger state", and an understanding of how...
  • User AvatarTony Greaves 29th Jan - 5:55pm
    You're all gathering swallows twittering in the skies. You deserve what you get! Tony