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    1. August 10, 2016

      Theresa May sets a new policy direction

      Theresa May’s determination to set a new policy direction is becoming clearer, as the new prime minister begins...

    2. August 8, 2016

      Don’t hold your breath for a new wave of grammar schools

      Grammar schools tug at the Tory heartstrings like no other topic. The debate about whether selective state education...

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    1. Architects of Meritocracy

      Meritocracy in the workplace — the idea that employees’ progress and rewards should be...
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    1. July 10, 2016

      Theresa May vows corporate crackdown on ‘privileged few’

      Theresa May, the frontrunner to become the next prime minister, has pledged to tackle “vested interests” in the...

    2. June 12, 2016

      Feedback – success, failure and social mobility

      A study of Florentine families over 600 years led Sarah O’Connor to reflect that relative social mobility when growth...

    3. June 12, 2016

      Charities warn on costs of apprenticeship levy

      More than 1,000 charities will be forced to pay the government’s apprenticeship levy and they warn they will struggle...

    4. June 10, 2016

      Middle-class children increasingly hothoused to stay ahead

      Middle-class parents are increasingly “hot-housing” their children with activities to keep their offspring ahead of the...

    5. June 7, 2016

      For poor children to succeed, rich ones must fail

      Florence in 1427. The people at the top of the ladder are members of the city’s powerful guilds, while those at the...

    6. June 5, 2016

      Full disclosure of educational privilege is not an A-grade idea

      Vanity Fair, William Thackeray’s satire on the social climber Becky Sharp and her progress through a world where...

    7. June 3, 2016

      The squeezed upper middle is no such thing

      The FT Money section last week profiled a London household trying to get by on nearly £200,000 a year. These suburban...

    8. June 2, 2016

      A frightfully British purge of the posh

      Crikey, gadzooks and lumme! To read the cover of one of Britain’s leading periodicals, the nation is heading for a...

    9. May 30, 2016

      Waldegrave threat over recruiting plan

      A government proposal that employers should find out whether prospective recruits attended a private school has so...

    10. May 16, 2016

      Tinker, tailor, tweeter, spy — GCHQ joins Twitter

      With two short words — an in-joke for computer programmers — GCHQ, Britain’s electronic surveillance and cyber security...

    11. May 1, 2016

      Kenneth Baker and his guerrilla war over skills

      In the workplace, the British have largely solved the problem of social class by pretending, day-to-day, that it does...

    12. April 28, 2016

      UK graduates leave university with more debt than US peers

      Students in England graduate with higher debts, on average, than their peers in any other English-speaking country,...

    13. April 13, 2016

      UK study shines light on value of university degree

      Graduate earnings for men at more than one in 10 universities and colleges were lower than for non-graduates, according...

    14. April 8, 2016

      House of Lords calls for education shake-up

      Members of the House of Lords have called on the government to do more to to help the “overlooked middle” of children...

    15. April 3, 2016

      What the Labour party can learn from Harold Wilson

      Harold Wilson, whose centenary falls this year — as does the 50th anniversary of his biggest general election victory —...

    16. March 25, 2016

      Debrett’s for a global age

      Britons seeking advice on etiquette and lineage have been able to turn to Debrett’s for almost 250 years. But Debrett’s...

    17. March 25, 2016

      State schools take to the river to stem elitist tide in rowing

      As Oxford and Cambridge prepare for the Boat Race on Sunday, a London rowing club is seeking to shake off the sport’s...

    18. March 9, 2016

      Cameron sets university challenge for private sector in echo of Thatcherism

      David Cameron wants to break open the closed shop in higher education by making it easier for new providers to become...

    19. February 26, 2016

      Tories drop attempt to redefine child poverty after wide opposition

      An attempt at radically changing the way child poverty is measured has been abandoned by Iain Duncan Smith, the work...

    20. February 19, 2016

      Comprehensive schools catch up with private in CEO count

      The number of FTSE 100 chief executives educated at non-selective state schools has for the first time equalled those...

    21. February 2, 2016

      Cambridge announces written entrance test amid elitism row

      Cambridge university will introduce a written entrance test as part of its admissions process. The university-wide...

    22. December 17, 2015

      Milburn tells UK government to share social burden with companies

      Ministers must be wary of shifting too much of the burden for raising families’ living standards to employers, the head...

    23. November 24, 2015

      Fees at British public universities more expensive than US

      Britain has the world’s most expensive public university tuition fees, surpassing the average in US equivalent...

    24. November 18, 2015

      Robert Peston: UK must break oligarchy of rich

      At the height of the financial crisis, Robert Peston, then the BBC’s business editor, was asked to speak to school...

    25. November 10, 2015

      White UK students lose race to university, study shows

      School leavers from white British backgrounds are less likely to go to university than peers from ethnic minorities,...

    26. November 6, 2015

      ‘Olympicopolis’ to boost culture and education in east London

      “We could have just built some more homes,” said Ben Fletcher, strategy director for the Olympic Park, referring to...

    27. November 2, 2015

      Government focus on cost is forcing down wages, report says

      A focus on the lowest cost provider when awarding government contracts may undermine efforts to fight poverty in...

    28. October 15, 2015

      First new grammar school for 50 years given green light

      The education secretary has ruled out a new wave of grammar schools despite approving Britain’s first new selective...

    29. October 8, 2015

      Most apprenticeships are poor quality, study finds

      Apprentices in top quality schemes will be paid £50,000 more during their lifetime than undergraduates at all but...

    30. October 8, 2015

      Think-tank challenges PM’s ‘war on poverty’

      David Cameron’s call for an “all-out assault on poverty” was challenged on Thursday by a think-tank analysis suggesting...

    31. October 7, 2015

      David Cameron’s social reform push targets UK centre ground

      Conservative activists in Manchester expecting a “true blue” speech from their leader were in for a surprise on...

    32. October 7, 2015

      David Cameron tries to sell caring to the Conservatives

      Before David Cameron strode to the lectern, the lights went down, the crowd hushed, and an aide pressed play on a...

    33. August 13, 2015

      A-level students have a taste of work in the City of London

      When A-level results were published on Thursday, one group of students was already hard at work in the office. They are...

    34. June 19, 2015

      ‘Poshness tests’ are about what you know

      Is there a diamond in the rough out there at the University of XXXX?” mused an executive at one of Britain’s most...

    35. June 17, 2015

      Let algorithms show if they can make better hiring choices

      We reported this week that top professional services firms in London, Scotland and the US practised widespread...

    36. June 15, 2015

      Social gulf dividing Britain’s elite professions

      In 1946 the writer George Orwell described Britain as the most class-ridden society on earth. The decades since should...

    37. June 15, 2015

      Top firms’ ‘poshness test’ imposes class ceiling

      The UK’s most elite financial services and legal firms operate a “poshness test” that systematically locks talented...

    38. May 21, 2015

      This house believes that debating skills aid social mobility

      At Beckton’s Kingsford Community School, a secondary school in one of London’s most deprived boroughs, a small group of...

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