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The government must focus on employment, not employability

The number of professional and middle-class managerial jobs has shrunk, according to a new study by researchers at Oxford University. This is bad news for Britain’s graduates and represents a worrying…
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Free education for poor mums may help alleviate child poverty

Improve the school results of children from poor backgrounds and they will escape poverty in adulthood. This is the way the UK government believes it can alleviate child poverty, built on a belief in the…
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Parenting is not the key to tackling inequality

Britain is quickly turning into a nation characterised by an obscene and unsustainable wealth gap, according to a new report on social mobility. Yet behind the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission’s…
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Scrap school admissions policies based on postcode – they entrench inequality

Why are pupils from disadvantaged families more often found studying in poorly performing schools? Is it the choices their parents make, or are they not able to get into better ones? Perhaps families are…
At what price? Moving house is just one strategy parents use to get kids into good schools. PA

A third of wealthy parents have moved house for a school place

One in three professional parents with children under 16 has moved their family to a new area solely because of the quality…
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Current notions of success do little for white working class

The underachievement of white working-class schoolchildren in the UK continues to be a subject of contentious debate. It is well-documented that white working-class pupils do less well and suffer low social…

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