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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 AvatarDavid Pollard 23rd Jul - 10:55pm
    Interesting than no one asked Ed about the Government decision to cave into the house builders and drop the 'zero energy' target for new homes...
  • User AvatarRichard Dean 23rd Jul - 10:06pm
    @Alice Following Joe Otten's wise advice, I will say no more. Thanks for an illuminating experience.
  • User AvatarKerry Hutchinson 23rd Jul - 9:58pm
    I think Jonathan's piece strikes the right cautionary note. Of course freedom of speech does not entitle to indulge in racist or phobic remarks. But...
  • User AvatarSIMON BANKS 23rd Jul - 9:34pm
    Stuart - while I agree that a government is entitled perhaps not to ignore a million people marching, but to disagree with them, your memory...
  • User AvatarSIMON BANKS 23rd Jul - 9:26pm
    I don't think you can be right about 1939 as Edward VIII had abdicated by then and his younger brother had married before becoming king....
  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 23rd Jul - 9:22pm
    I've just noticed Dave Page did make a comment about the article a few comments above, so I'm sorry for missing that out.