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How fair is the education system in England?

13 November 2018

Simon Burgess, Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics, evaluates equity in education.

In Simon's latest blog post, he argues that access to high-performing schools in England is unfair. He states that the system prioritises pupils whose families can afford to live near enough to those schools to be admitted. He suggests that we need to try a different way of deciding which pupils get into the most popular schools.

To this end, Simon looks at the latest PISA report which focuses on Equity in Education and asks keys questions such as, "how should we judge the equity of an education system?" and "how important is your background in determining your outcome?"

You can read the full article on Simon’s blog where you can also find further discussion centred around his research in the economics of education.

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