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Thursday, 28 June 2007
Life after graduation
The government should set up a commission to investigate the contribution of secondary education patterns to poor social mobility in the UK, educational campaigning charity the Sutton Trust has said.
In a survey of 1,000 people, the trust found that more than half the UK's leading lights in law, medicine, politics, journalism and business attended independent schools.
An independent commission should investigate the impact of the UK's "socially selective education system", said Sutton Trust chairman Sir Peter Lampl.
"The top 20 per cent of our secondary schools - independents, grammars and leading comprehensives - are effectively closed to those from non-privileged backgrounds," Sir Peter told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.
"We combine inequality of opportunity with high inequality of outcome - the worst of all worlds," he went on.
Sir Peter called for independent day schools to be opened to children from all backgrounds and appealed to government to "make sure our top comprehensives play fair when it comes to admissions".
Widening educational opportunity would improve both social justice and economic prosperity in the UK, he emphasised.
Recent research from the OECD showed that Britain had the lowest intergenerational mobility of a number of developed countries.