A new article by think-tank Policy Network highlights the key role education has to play in achieving 'pre-distribution'.
The report focuses on intergenerational social mobility - 'pre-distribution' is the means to achieving this, the think-tank says. Pre-distribution is a proactive approach which is favoured over 'remedial' approaches to social mobility, which compensate for unequal outcomes.
Education policy has a crucial role to play in "[shifting] the balance of human capital acquisition towards children from the most disadvantaged households". Given the importance of education, it is "extraordinary" that it is no longer high on the government's policy agenda.
Several factors are identified as exerting an influence on an individual's life chances, including learning which occurs outside school and the difference in character and capabilities of those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Accordingly, the think-tank proposes refocusing intervention strategies to target the most disadvantaged groups in society. Efforts should be made to enhance parenting support and ensure parents are aware of their responsibilities.
It also suggests boosting the pupil premium available for children from disadvantaged backgrounds, while opening up the school selection process to avoid residential segregation.
Posted by Tim Colman