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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 AvatarSesenco 23rd Nov - 3:19pm
    If the information given in this post is correct, the following should be done. (1) Cornwall Council should dismiss Mr Kerr and the officer(s) who...
  • User AvatarDavid Evans 23rd Nov - 3:19pm
    Stephen, ... and in the links at the bottom of the article.
  • User AvatarNigel Cheeseman 23rd Nov - 3:17pm
    Thank you, Tony, for your input. Although my family rely substantially on benefits, they are administered by HMRC rather than DWP, so my views on...
  • User AvatarRichard 23rd Nov - 3:13pm
    In recent months we have not shown ourselves to be masters of due process in this regard. Now there is a chance to get it...
  • User AvatarStephen Tall 23rd Nov - 3:09pm
    (Thanks, David, typo already corrected.)
  • User AvatarDavid Evans 23rd Nov - 3:00pm
    Stephen, It's Alex Folkes and he is "A Lanson boy, " a derivation from Launceston where he is councillor. And I support him totally. David