Joe Mayes writes for Durham University’s Palatinate on the problems of trying to reduce social inequality among university applicants:
Nick Clegg’s self-proclaimed raison d’être in politics is the ‘F’ word: fairness.
And last week, speaking at a conference organised by the Sutton Trust, the Deputy Prime Minister renewed his calls for greater social mobility in Britain, an issue at the heart of his ‘fairness’ agenda.
As part of the government’s plan to monitor this issue, Clegg revealed 17 ‘trackers’ that the government will use annually to measure progress on improving life chances for the underprivileged. Clegg said that these would show ‘how well the government is doing in making society fairer’.
Amongst the ‘trackers’ are indicators such as how many teenagers from disadvantaged backgrounds achieve the AAB grades needed for the Russell Group of universities and how many children on free school meals are achieving a ‘good level of development’.
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