Pupils from poorest backgrounds
stand one in 100 chance of top university
Is this supposed to be surprising or shocking? If you want to give every kid an equal chance then you must equalise incomes and wealth and make sure that everyone can live in a posh area with good schools.
Not possible? Fine, then forget about all this research crap about “kids from poor backgrounds”. It’s OLD HAT. They are INEVITABLY disadvantaged and until society is more equal (if that is what you want) stop dreaming.
As for giving bright kids from poor backgrounds a better chance, bring back the grammar schools. At present, you have selection by wealth. Can ANYONE explain how this is better than selection by intelligence and achievement?
And WOE BETIDE you if you are the poor parents of a bright kid who try to get him or her into a “nice” school outside your catchment ghetto! The LAW and of course the COUNCIL will fall on you like a ton of bricks as someone who is “trying to cheat the system.”
As for “equality of opportunity” (only possible of course with equalish wealth), I can only assume that the majority of people DON’T want it since they keep voting for governments whose policies always result in an INCREASE in inequality. (see bankers, judges, footballers, council leaders, top policemen, government consultants etc etc under Labour from 1997 to 2010).
You couldn’t make it up.