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Dotheboys Hall, from Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens. Illustration by ‘Phiz’ (Hablot K. Browne). Image scan and text Jacqueline Banerjee, Associate Editor, Victorian Web

Charles Dickens and the push for literacy in Victorian Britain

Dickens's novels highlighted the poverty of education for the working classes. The all-important Education Act was finally passed in the year of his death.
Etonians are waiting in line for their place at Oxbridge. David Parker/PA Archive

Gap between state and private school admissions to top unis due to grades, not bias

The UK’s most prestigious universities are repeatedly accused of discriminating against disadvantaged students in favour of those who are deemed to have a social advantage, and particularly those from…

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