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    1. 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...

    2. 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,...

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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. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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 —...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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,...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. May 19, 2015

      The damage of London’s artificial scarcity of land

      Compare two ways of earning the same amount in London. The first is to work. A job in one of the capital’s thriving...

    28. April 29, 2015

      Business needs to raise its voice in the house price debate

      Protests in the London suburb of Brixton broke out on Saturday over gentrification and rising house prices. By London...

    29. April 17, 2015

      Labour promises clamp on unpaid internships

      Ed Miliband will promise on Friday that a Labour government would ban companies from offering unpaid internships of...

    30. February 5, 2015

      Ukip election candidates less likely to be university graduates

      The UK Independence party’s general election candidates are less likely to have attended university or had a...

    31. January 30, 2015

      Record numbers seek UK university places

      Record numbers of 18-year-olds have applied to British universities and youngsters from the poorest areas are more...

    32. January 27, 2015

      Coalition has failed to tackle regional imbalances, report says

      The UK government has failed to tackle regional imbalances, fix the apprenticeship system and help the long-term...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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