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Moving on up: the state of social mobility

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Largest funding cuts for schools in poor areas - Only 0.5% funding targeted at deprived schools

Schools serving more deprived pupils in England have already seen the largest falls in spending per pupil over the last decade. Going forwards, the government’s new National Funding Formula will deliver funding increases of 3 - 4 percentage points less to schools in poorer areas than to those in more affluent areas up to 2021, leave them badly placed to deal with COVID challenges.

Family background and access to postgraduate degrees

@TheIFS investigate gaps in access to postgraduate degrees  This briefing note uses linked administrative data to investigate gaps in access to postgraduate degrees. The numbers of students progressing to postgraduate study are increasing rapidly, such qualifications could therefore be an important driver of differences in early career opportunities.

Large variation in earnings returns among postgraduate degrees

Postgraduate degrees offer better labour market returns for women, with returns of more than 15% for masters in business and law, but negative returns for many arts and humanities courses  New "Earnings returns to postgraduate degrees in the UK" report published today (16 Sept) by @TheIFS and @EducationGovUK provides new evidence on the selection into postgraduate courses and the earnings outcomes for those courses.

What to expect when schools reopen?

While most things have changed in 2020, the end of the summer will once again see students preparing to go back to school.

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