Oh my…

While just seven per cent of the population attend fee-paying schools, a majority of people working in law, finance and the upper echelons of the media were educated privately, it found.

Three-quarters of judges and 70 per cent of finance directors were independently schooled, as were 45 per cent of senior civil servants and 32 per cent of MPs, the researchers found.

I wonder how this could have happened?

A typical professional born in 1958 came from a family that earned 17 per cent more than the average family. By 1970, the gap had risen to 27 per cent.

The average 39-year-old lawyer working today grew up in a family with an income 64 per cent above average, the Panel found.

Could it be that if you destroy that part of the education system which educated the academically bright, at low or no cost, then those who are academically bright but do not have much money find it more difficult to get the education which would prepare them for the professions?

Only a thought, of course……

6 thoughts on “Oh my…”

  1. What proportion of judges and senior civil servants went to school in the fully comprehensive era?

    Tim adds: Civil servants retire at 60. So even the most senior will have been at school in the 60s, more in the 70s. Just as the comprehensive system was indeed being rolled out (late 50s onwards, no?)

  2. implication that media is important is amusing..of course it remains one of the bigger bastions of nepotism. As to finance, I suspect you will find most of the most important people weren’t actually even educated in this country

  3. That gap will increase. It can’t be helped, because the so called comprehensives have spent thirty years depriving disadvantaged bright children of the education they would have received in the Grammar schools.

  4. I’m tempted to ask- so I will-given the above figures, was the real objective of comprehensive education to restrict entry into the professions to the “middle” (which means richer) classes?

  5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comprehensive_school#Nationwide_implementation details the time lines. It didn’t happen all at once.

    Concerning the professional classes who don’t fall into the “rich” category, Labour scrapped the Direct Grant system circa 1976/7, the Tories reintroduced an “Assisted Places” system, and then New Labour scrapped that. See

    Many professionals such as my parents could afford Direct Grant fees, but certainly not those of a fully independent school (which my old school has now become). Approximately a third of pupils at that school were there courtesy of free places awarded by the two main local authorities, so it wasn’t reserved for fee payers alone.

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