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    1. December 5, 2014

      Tory MPs resurrect grammar school ‘albatross’

      David Cameron warned his backbenchers before the 2010 election that their enthusiasm for grammar schools would turn into an...

    2. November 25, 2014

      Private schools hit back at Labour’s threat

      Private headteachers have warned that Labour’s threat to strip tax privileges from independent schools will harm rather than...

    1. November 25, 2014

      An unconvincing answer to Britain’s schools divide

      If tinkering by well-meaning ministers were enough to raise educational standards, Britain’s schools would lead the world....

    2. November 25, 2014

      Labour tells private schools to help out or lose tax relief

      Labour will require independent schools to do more to break down the “Berlin Wall” in the education system by helping state...

    3. November 21, 2014

      Cuts and fees transform face of Britain’s artistic community

      Members of the educational and artistic communities are warning that Britain’s creative industries are under threat from...

    4. November 19, 2014

      Employers set social mobility benchmark

      Politicians from all parties say they worry about inequality and the difficult path from poverty to opportunity. A joint...

    5. October 30, 2014

      English men paid more if parents have degrees, study finds

      English men whose parents are university educated are likely to earn 20 per cent more than those whose mothers and fathers...

    6. October 24, 2014

      Confessions of a white Oxbridge male

      We straight white Oxbridge-educated males who rule Britain are used to periodic rumblings of discontent from below. Now the...

    7. October 21, 2014

      Companies question reliance on graduates

      Barclays used to be a company where you could start at the bottom without a degree and work your way up to the top. But the...

    8. October 21, 2014

      Public sector cuts worsen low-pay trap

      People in low-wage jobs are more likely to stay in them for a decade or more since the financial crisis, say researchers....

    9. October 20, 2014

      UK risks permanent split between rich and poor, says Alan Milburn

      Britain risks becoming a country “permanently divided” between the rich and poor, says a pre-election state of the nation...

    10. October 17, 2014

      The working classes deserve respect

      In the lovely new British film Pride, a busload of London gay activists heads for a Welsh village to support the coal miners...

    11. September 23, 2014

      Parental education is determining factor in UK poverty

      A child’s education – and that of its parents – are the decisive factors in predicting whether it will grow up to live in...

    12. August 28, 2014

      Privately educated dominate UK’s top jobs

      Britain is “a deeply elitist country”, says the head of a government-appointed commission that has found the top jobs are...

    13. June 25, 2014

      Scotland scraps right to buy council houses

      Scotland’s parliament has voted to scrap council tenants’ right to buy their houses, bringing a final end north of the...

    14. June 9, 2014

      One in five children to live in poverty, says official commission

      The coalition’s flagship welfare reform programme is failing to restore momentum to the drive to tackle child poverty,...

    15. April 11, 2014

      Britain’s wealthy Asians get £6.5bn richer

      British Asians’ talent for generating wealth has been highlighted by a list showing that the 101 wealthiest individuals...

    16. March 7, 2014

      Social mobility: a family affair

      When I was a child growing up in England three decades ago, I was confronted with the visual evidence of social mobility...

    17. February 21, 2014

      ‘Über middle class’ reshapes Oxford

      North Oxford used to be synonymous with academia – its distinctive Victorian Gothic houses abuzz with the debates and ideas...

    18. February 21, 2014

      Middle class ‘cling-ons’ squeezed out of London property market

      Large numbers of high earners have been locked out of the London housing market, according to an analysis by the Financial...

    19. February 21, 2014

      Rising UK house prices hit professionals hardest

      Middle-class professionals have been hit harder by rising house prices than any other group, forcing them to buy in cheaper...

    20. February 21, 2014

      Private school fees rocket out of reach for the ‘cling-ons’

      A private school education is soaring out of the reach of the professional classes – highlighting the struggle that many...

    21. February 14, 2014

      The fractured middle: UK salary split sees übers pull ahead

      A deep divide has opened among Britain’s high earners, with an “über-middle” elite reaping the rewards of globalisation...

    22. February 14, 2014

      The fractured middle: Winners and losers of divided class

      In St Albans, secure redoubt of the home counties middle class, the First Tuesday Book Club is discussing 1984 over pizza...

    23. February 14, 2014

      The fractured middle: Gulfs grow within, and between, professions

      For decades, a professional qualification promised a life of comfort, if not prosperity. Accountants, engineers, doctors and...

    24. January 22, 2014

      A better interview is the way to reduce bias

      One of the world’s top law firms has removed the names of universities from potential recruits’ application forms to reduce...

    25. December 13, 2013

      British working-class MPs becoming a rarity

      David Cameron’s favourite think-tank will call on Friday for action to reverse the dwindling number of working-class MPs....

    26. December 3, 2013

      London’s mayor is half right on envy, greed and inequality

      Boris Johnson has a talent for carefully calculated imprudence. The London mayor says, apparently artlessly, things others...

    27. Off Message

      November 28, 2013

      Boris could learn from London

      Boris Johnson’s speech on Wednesday night to the Centre for Policy Studies is receiving attention for his comments on...

    28. November 27, 2013

      Johnson warns on increasing inequality in Britain since recession

      Boris Johnson has warned that inequality in Britain is worsening after five years of recession, arguing that a decline in...

    29. November 24, 2013

      Aiming higher

      Since the 1963 Robbins report, widening access to university has been a central aim of UK education policy. Roughly half of...

    30. November 22, 2013

      The young are doomed – and only the old can save them

      Youth has its consolations. I can move up and down stairs with relative ease and my forehead has not yet encroached upon my...

    31. November 15, 2013

      Class barriers keep poor out of professional careers

      The poorest Britons have no better chance of becoming a doctor, lawyer or accountant than they did almost 20 years ago,...

    32. November 15, 2013

      Taking on middle class privilege poses tough choices for politicians

      When Sir John Major this week railed against the domination of power by a privately educated elite, he was simultaneously...

    33. November 15, 2013

      No one knows a thing about social mobility

      “Sir John Major, the former Conservative prime minister, said he found it ‘truly shocking’ that ‘in every single sphere of...

    34. Off Message

      November 12, 2013

      Major discovers that Britain is an unfair meritocracy

      The South Norfolk Conservative Association’s annual dinner sounds like an event made for Alan Partridge but it is that other...

    35. November 11, 2013

      Cameron vows Help to Buy plan will deliver social mobility

      David Cameron vowed that his Help to Buy scheme would deliver the social mobility that Sir John Major said was lacking in...

    36. November 8, 2013

      ‘Overhaul needed’ in grammar school admission criteria

      Grammar schools should consider overhauling their admissions criteria to counter new findings that privately educated...

    37. October 20, 2013

      Milburn the Great

      The curse of unearned poverty that afflicts millions of Britons is both a stain on the country’s conscience and a blot on...

    38. October 17, 2013

      Social mobility ‘risks going into reverse’

      Employers should “step up to the plate” to help tackle stagnating wages, the chairman of a government-appointed commission...

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