'Most politicians have little idea what it is to be poor – and insist that it should be easy for teachers to boost social mobility'

Politicians blindly believe that all schools are alike and all children are the same – and therefore all schools should be able to achieve the same results. Until they realise that this is a fallacy nothing will change with social mobility, writes a celebrated educationist.


Last week I found myself delivering a lecture at a local university. The title of the talk was "Deprivation and the Link to Social Mobility Within our Schools".


The audience was largely middle-class, with little or no understanding of the isses faced daily by the kind of pupils I used to teach – and yet they all bought into the government hype that education can truly influence social mobility.


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