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Social mobility needs funding, not sound bites

Leading politicians are talking about reducing inequality, but who is going to do something about it?

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Imagine that we had an education system that was perfectly fair. Children from the poorest backgrounds, if they worked hard and showed ability, could climb the ladder of attainment and achieve the highest qualifications. Children from the wealthiest backgrounds, if they were lazy and incompetent, would end up with few or no qualifications. Poor children could end up getting some of the best jobs; rich children getting some of the lowest-paid ones. In short, a perfect meritocracy.

Yes, I know – I’m having a John Lennon moment. You may indeed say I’m a dreamer. But with so much debate recently ...

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