Dotheboys Hall, from Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens. Illustration by ‘Phiz’ (Hablot K. Browne).
Image scan and text Jacqueline Banerjee, Associate Editor, Victorian Web
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.
Political motives help explain why states take over schools.
While state takeovers of schools are nothing new, the ones taking place as of late suggest a political agenda is at play under the guise of school reform, a political science scholar argues.
The Assisted Places Scheme was a controversial policy that got 75,000 poorer pupils a top-tier education. Or so it was claimed.
Etonians are waiting in line for their place at Oxbridge.
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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…