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To move forwards on inequality we must not go back to grammar schools

Posted on 20 September 2016

Income inequality is strongly correlated with low social mobility, with lower average educational performance and with bigger gaps in educational attainment between rich and poor children.

Now, in a move to address the ban on grammar schools that the prime minister argues has been “sacrificing children’s potential”, the government is proposing to reintroduce them. But grammar schools can’t fix this entrenched inequality between the rich and poor: all they do is perpetuate it for the vast majority of children, Department of Health Sciences' Professor of Epidemiology, Kate Pickett, writes for The Conversation.

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