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The death of social mobility

More grammars is not the answer

By Angela Rayner  

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Last week, the Social Mobility Commission published research showing that poorer pupils are being let down. Just think about that for a second—and then think about the government’s empty rhetoric of “a Britain that works for all.” Not if you are poor, it doesn’t. The Commission found that children on free school meals achieve less good GCSE grades than their more affluent peers. Crucially, the “attainment gap” has been getting worse since 2012. The research suggests this is because poorer pupils are more likely to…

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