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Tutoring exacerbates inequality—what can be done?

Over the past year, one tenth of all state-educated 11-16 year olds—280,000 pupils—were tutored

By Lee Elliot Major  

A child takes a GCSE exam ©David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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It is perhaps appropriate that the academic term for tutoring is “shadow education.” Little-regulated and ever-growing, the private tuition industry has become the hidden secret of British education. It entrenches advantage for many children whose parents can already afford school fees or homes close to good comprehensives and grammars.

The Sutton Trust has been polling young people about their…

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