London-based Plomin has been shaping the agenda of British schools policy since he published a paper in which he found that 50 per cent of the variations in GCSE scores were down to genetics. His book, G is for Genes written with Kathryn Asbury, expanded upon these ideas. Plomin and Asbury argue that education policy has exacerbated genetic differences, rather than smoothing them out.
We can’t ignore the evidence: genes affect social mobility
Jill Boucher considers the psychology and genetics around social mobility and Plomin’s ideas.