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Diane Reay: Inequality of the school system

Cambridge professor Diane Reay grew up on a council estate. Her book Miseducation: Inequality, education and the working classes uncovers the massive inequalities in our school system

The most important thing I found out was that we are still educating different social classes for different functions in society.

Diane Reay

Interview ‘Working-class children get less of everything in education – including respect’ (The Guardian, 21 July 2017)

Book Review: Miseducation: Inequality, Education and the Working Classes by Diane Reay (LSE Review of Books, 22 March 2018)

“Miseducation would benefit anyone interested in social mobility and education in the UK, particularly given the stagnation (or even increase) of inequality in this realm, and the book has the potential to help inform innovative policy directions. Reay’s contribution to debates on education and social background is to personalise everyday working-class experiences of school and university, something usually absent from current discourse. This, combined with statistical evidence of the extent of inequalities, makes for particularly engaging reading.”

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