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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 AvatarPeter Watson 19th Jan - 9:08pm
    @Geoff Crocker "Hence my belief in the superiority of representative democracy." I recall a brilliant Peter Cooke satire (The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer)...
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    @AngrySteve Try calming down. Does the Theory of Evolution has any relevance to science? Perhaps you may like to resist the urge to lash out...
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    Sorry folks, my very bad. Dinnington by election is 2nd February. Hope I have this right thought, strong rumours Labour probably going to hold Stoke...
  • User AvatarPeter Watson 19th Jan - 8:50pm
    I should also add that as an engineer with little knowledge of history, politics, philosophy, etc. the interesting, educational and thought-provoking nature of this article...
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    @tonyhill "I don’t myself understand how people who argue that charity begins at home ... can be a) Christians, and/or b) be nice people." Actually,...
  • User AvatarGeoff Crocker 19th Jan - 8:38pm
    More about the Dutch view here www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jan/19/brexit-uk-will-pay-huge-price-for-prioritising-migration-curbs-dutch-pm