Nick Clegg wants to give everyone a fair chance of success when he launches the government strategy on social mobility. A pupil premium will increase fairness of opportunity for disadvantaged children, there will be an extension of free nursery places for two-year-olds and internships will be more accessible to the disadvantaged.
However, he makes no reference to the pre-existing pupil premium that already helps children from well-off families, selection by 11+. Selection segregates children from poorer backgrounds and gaps in attainment open up too early, giving richer families the advantage from coaching, which helps their children do well.
While free nursery places might help in the short term they will only delay the inevitable, come middle childhood up to 50% of children in selective counties will be labelled as failures. Alternative 11-16 secondary schools will try to meet the needs of rejected academic pupils but I doubt there will be much discussion on internships or Russell Group university places, teachers will be too busy trying to convince students that there is an incentive post-16.
So come on Mr. Clegg, I would have thought debate on the Education Bill would have included fairer school admissions.
The silence is deafening.