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Closing the gap: we need the best teachers in the most deprived schools

Becky Francis.  Our society is stuck in a rut on social mobility – or rather, immobility. For decades, governments of every persuasion have sought to improve social mobility, to narrow the gap between young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and their

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Education policy

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

 Social inequalities – the report card

Heather Joshi and Emla Fitzsimons . In his speech to the 1999 Labour Party conference Tony Blair compared two babies in adjacent beds on a maternity ward, delivered by the same doctors and midwives but with two ‘totally different lives

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Evidence-based policy, Social sciences and social policy

Grammar schools: the rise and fall of ‘evidence-informed policy’?

Geoff Whitty and Emma Wisby.  In her first major foray into domestic policy as Prime Minister, Theresa May has offered us more grammar schools. Not a return to the selective system of education that existed in England prior to the

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Posted in Education policy, Evidence-based policy

Social mobility, education and income inequality: an overview in five graphs

  Lee Elliot Major and John Jerrim. The study of education inequality and social mobility increasingly feels like a small world. The British Prime Minister David Cameron hopes for improved educational opportunities for disadvantaged children. President Barack Obama has put

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Posted in Evidence-based policy, International comparisons, Social sciences and social policy