Destiny’s New Assistant

Research has reached a point where scientists believe that a ‘risk score’ based on genetics can provide a more accurate prediction of a child’s future educational outcomes than their family income. So, what will education do with this new power? Genetics researcher Kathryn Asbury explains all…

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It is the summer before your four-year-old, let’s call her Ella, starts primary school and life takes on a new rhythm. Uniform and shoes have been bought, labelled and put away more reverently than they ever will be again. You have prepared Ella for the intricacies of making friends, listening to teachers and eating school dinners; you’ve told her (with feigned confidence) that she will have a wonderful time. You’re both as school-ready as you’re going to be.

And then a letter from school drops on to the mat. In it, the headteacher explains that Ella has been allocated additional resources in ...

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