“The report states that the link between social demography and educational destiny has not been broken. There is a huge and increasing distance between those at the bottom and those at the top in terms of earnings, life-chances, life-expectancy, and more. These aspects are what makes the difference in educational achievement. For best results in our schools, we must end child poverty and then go further to create a less unequal society.”
Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: “The Social Mobility Commission’s State of the Nation Report makes some excellent recommendations, but the fundamental problem is one of inequality.