A damning report into social mobility says there is “currently no prospect” of the grades gap between poorer children and their peers being eliminated at GCSE or A level.
The Social Mobility Commission, in its report, also warns that it would take 40 years, at current rates, to close the attainment gap at age 5. And it estimates that it would be about 120 years before poorer young people become as likely to achieve A levels or equivalent qualifications as their richer peers.
It says that two decades of government efforts have failed to deliver enough progress, and urges ministers to adopt new approaches to tackle the problems in British society.
“Whole tracts of Britain feel left behind,” Alan Milburn, chair of the commission, writes in the foreward to the report "Time for Change", adding: “If we go on as we have been, the divisions that have opened up in British society are likely to widen, not narrow.”