A new book provided a systematic review of how sociologists had studied the relationship between race/ethnicity and educational inequality in 18 different national contexts (including England).
Source: Peter Stevens and Gary Dworkin (eds), The Palgrave Handbook of Race and Ethnic Inequalities in Education, Palgrave Macmillan
A report examined the inequalities in access to, and outcomes from, state and independent schools in Britain. It outlined the nature of the inequalities, the efforts of governments, over time, to address them, and a range of evidence from other countries. It said that, within the state sector, middle class parents had gained privileged access to the best performing schools. The report made four proposals: that state schools should emulate the best features of independent schools; that independent schools should form links with state schools; that there should be state-subsidized places made available at independent schools; and that places at popular state schools should be means-tested, with parents who earned over £80,000 per annum paying fees on a rising scale.
Source: Anthony Seldon, Schools United: Ending the divide between independent and state, Social Market Foundation