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Strong at school, held back by life

Girls are outperforming boys but miss out on the spoils

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Are the dice of life still loaded against girls, whatever they do at school? From the final findings of Scotland’s outgoing poverty adviser, Naomi Eisenstadt, that is the “disturbing” impression that emerges.

The academic reports that girls outperform boys at most stages of school. And even after leaving, young women are more likely to be taking part in education, particularly at university level.

But Eisenstadt also finds that “young women who leave school early with poor qualifications are likely to face worse labour-market outcomes than young men with similar characteristics”. Having some ...

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