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The crisis for young people: why housing is the key to social mobility

  Andy Green. Last week’s report from Alan Milburn’s Social Mobility Commission, Time for a Change, provides a useful assessment of the impact of government policies on social mobility between 1997 and 2017. Ranging over policies for the different phases

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Posted in Evidence-based policy, Social sciences and social policy, young people

Housing White Paper offers no hope for young people: here’s what could

Andy Green.  The Government’s new white paper on housing, entitled ‘fixing our broken housing market’, is not going to fix anything except the share prices of the large private development firms. As Simon Jenkins writes in The Guardian: ‘it is

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Early school leaving still blights English education

Andy Green Early school leaving has always been a blight on the English education system. Throughout the nineteenth century children  tended to leave school earlier than elsewhere in northern Europe. This continued well after the 1944 Education Act introduced free

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Posted in Further higher and lifelong education, Social sciences and social policy

How class continues to drive the equality gap in England’s adult skills

Andy Green The latest OECD Survey of Adult Skills (SAS) generated much commentary on the relatively poor level of adult skills in England – particularly the revelation that on both literacy and numeracy tests young people scored no better than

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Posted in Further higher and lifelong education, International comparisons

Held back by history: England’s love of free markets keeps our school system divided and backward

Andy Green This month’s OECD Survey of Adult Skills revealed, yet again, the shockingly low levels of basic skills of many young people in England compared with their counterparts in other countries. Like the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS), conducted

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