This report by Christine Farquharson, Sandra McNally & Imran Tahir draws on extensive evidence to further our understanding of education inequalities in today’s world. The focus is education inequalities in the United Kingdom (UK), and predominantly in England.
The report shows overwhelming evidence that the education system in England leaves too many young people behind. Despite decades of policy attention, there has been little if any shift in the gaps in educational attainment between children from different backgrounds. There is no straightforward, attractive route for young people who perform poorly at GCSE. And the adult education system has suffered from complicated funding rules and a shrinking pot of spending.