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October 30, 2014 2 Comments By Patrick Worrall

New research today lays out just how much of an advantage a private education still buys you in modern Britain.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has found that the average privately-educated person earns 6 per cent or £1,500 a year more than a state-educated colleague who has the same qualifications and is doing the same job.

The study provides more evidence of a lack of social mobility and the continuing dominance of fee-paying schools in the UK. How bad is it?

Private – Keep Out

The Independent Schools Council estimates that only about 6.5 per cent of school children in the UK are educated in the independent sector.

Pupils who go to fee-paying schools are disproportionately more likely to go on to higher education and to attend top universities like Oxford and Cambridge, according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

The latest HESA figures from 2012/13 show that only 57.4 per cent of young undergraduate entrants to Oxford University were state educated compared to the UK average of 89.3 per cent, and the state-school proportion was down on the year before.

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October 29, 2014 No Comments By Patrick Worrall

Are there really towns that have been swamped by European migrants? Where are the hotspots? Is there pressure on jobs and housing?

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October 21, 2014 11 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Immigration will be a key battleground in the run-up to the election. How much do you really know?

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October 17, 2014 3 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Ministers are talking about reviving the ancient laws of treason to deal with jihadis. What is treason and should it make a comeback?

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October 16, 2014 7 Comments By Patrick Worrall

There are rumblings of a big announcement from David Cameron on EU immigration. But he may have little room for manoeuvre.

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October 15, 2014 20 Comments By Patrick Worrall

MPs have backed a motion calling for the UK to recognise Palestine. What would it mean and are we behind the curve?

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October 7, 2014 7 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Britain’s strange electoral system means the second most popular party can still win a general election.

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October 4, 2014 6 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Nice has recommended a new drug for high-risk drinkers. How much are you drinking and should you be worried?

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September 30, 2014 9 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Iain Duncan Smith wants to see benefits loaded onto cards to stop claimants spending cash on drugs and booze. How big is the problem?

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September 29, 2014 4 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Britain’s economy is a world-beating powerhouse, according to the chancellor. Are we really outpacing every major advanced economy on the planet?

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