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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 AvatarSimon Shaw 27th Apr - 9:48am
    @Rob Gilliam "We’re are not, and should not present ourselves as, the “party that you vote for if you find the other parties too extreme”...
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    To be honest I'm really struggling as is my family to trust any political party in the three main group Liberal would have been my...
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    I think this would be a useful discussion after the general election as everything has now been set for this one. It is useful however...
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    Ha! Since my previous comment last night I've been 'blocked by Blackford' as I can no longer see the Facebook page for the international banker...
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    Yes! Yes! Yes! As soon as the campaign started in earnest I saw the "Look Left, Look Right, Then Cross" approach and thought we were...
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    Good article - only problem with it is it involves changing the Party Leader and his entire strategy. We have entered the remarkable situation where...