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Who should go to university?

Nothing polarises opinion like private schools

By Peter Kellner   August 2013

Seventy seven per cent of those surveyed by YouGov say smaller classes and better facilities give private schools an advantage in attaining the higher A-level grades needed for university (© Andrew Dunn)

The ailment is clear but the cure is not. Most people in Britain think that private schools give their pupils a head start in life; in principle, we would like Britain’s top universities to cast their net wider in order to find more of the most talented state school pupils; but many people fear the consequences of positive discrimination.


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