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Forget tuition fees—our focus should be on early years education

Children should begin formal education on a level playing field

By Peter Lampl  

There has been a lot of focus on education policy of late, what with the grammar schools furore earlier this year and the row over tuition fees. But one area has received rather less attention: early years education. This simply won’t do. When it comes to tackling educational inequality, this may be the most important area of all.

Early years childcare and education touch on many aspects of social policy, from education to the labour market to the benefits system. It is a tricky area to get right. Our latest research…

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