Comment: Inquality of education in the UK among highest of rich nations

Posted on 2 November 2018

Many people, across the political spectrum, see education as the key to solving all inequalities.

Professor Kate Pickett from the Department writes for The Conversation.

"Many people, across the political spectrum, see education as the key to solving all inequalities. If children have equal opportunities and access to quality education, then all will be well. But, as a new report shows, rich countries vary widely in how big the gap is between the educational achievement of rich and poor children.

"Unicef’s report, An Unfair Start, looks at educational inequalities in 41 of the world’s richest countries, covering inequalities from access to early childhood education to expectations of post-secondary education.

"The UK ranks 16th from the top in terms of educational inequality during the secondary school years, which doesn’t sound too terrible, but the UK come 23rd in inequalities during the primary school years. These are depressing scores for the world’s fifth largest economy."

Read the full article at https://theconversation.com/inequality-of-education-in-the-uk-among-highest-of-rich-nations-105519.