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The scale of educational inequality in Britain is huge—and growing

Justine Greening is right to focus on the problem but the government has a steep hill to climb in 2018

By David Laws  

Education Secretary Justine Greening. Photo: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

Most people who are interested in education are aware that its quality varies quite a bit across the country. London, formerly a laggard, has been doing well over the last decade and more, while “the North” and some other areas have fallen behind. That much is common knowledge.

But when Education Policy Institute researchers looked at this issue in detail for a recent report, the scale of the problem became more apparent. Researchers identified the English secondary schools which consistently perform…

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