Education has the potential to reduce inequalities and promote social mobility. However, children from lower socio-economic backgrounds continue to do significantly worse at school than those from higher socio-economic backgrounds.
Our research seeks to understand the complex mechanisms behind the pronounced association between social and educational inequalities, by looking at how individual, household, neighbourhood characteristics and national institutional characteristics intersect with each other to reproduce inequalities.
We will analyse a variety of outcomes beyond educational attainment, such as cognitive development, the transitions to primary and secondary school and teacher assessments of children’s dispositions and skills. In addition, our research explores the life-courses of resilient individuals from less-advantaged social backgrounds. By conducting this latter study, we aim to identify potential enabling factors which allow certain people to break the vicious circle of the social reproduction of inequality.